Weavings from Peru

Peru is famous for its gifted weavers. Most of them live high up in the Andes Mountains in remote communities. A typical manta (lliclia) or poncho takes two – three months to weave. A finely woven belt may take two weeks to one month.

First the wool is gathered from the alpaca, llamas or sheep, then it is hand spun using a simple drop spindle. Next, the wool is dyed, using either vegetal dyes from native plants or artificial dyes purchased in the nearest market town.

The weaving is done on simple, handmade looms, usually tethered outside in the fresh air. After all this work, the price the people receive for all their effort is usually very little, as one of a kind, weavings have little appreciation in this modern world of malls and brand names.

The weavings of Peru, as well as other countries such as Bolivia and Mexico, are real treasures. They contain ancient codings within their designs and combinations of colors. The patterns are handed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter or from father to son.

Since many of these are antique weavings, they may have some wear and tear on them, as well as slight stains. This is because they are authentic and have been used in daily life, rather than made for the tourist market.

Living in Peru, there are times when we encounter special weavings that we just have to buy. This is true, even when we know that they are not meant for us personally. Sometimes, it’s because the weaving is so unique and special. Other times, it’s because we can feel that the weaver really needs to sell something to support their family. Usually, the prices are so low, and we know they need the money, that we don’t even try to bargain with them.  And I truly love the precious interaction with these very true and real  people who make these special weavings.

Perhaps you will find a special Hidden Treasure for yourself within our selection of handwoven Peruvian weavings. If so, this will greatly aid us to be able to continue buying these brilliant treasures, which emanate such authenticity, and support the survival of this amazing art. Most importantly, we can help keep the codes alive.


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LL-097 Colorful Lliclia / Ceremonial Cloth with Pumas, Birds and Flowers was last modified: by emadmin
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LL-098 Colorful Lliclia / Ceremonial Cloth with Butterflies and Birds was last modified: by emadmin
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W-084 Soft Long Pachamama Weaving / Scarf with many beings was last modified: by emadmin
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W-087 Finely Woven Blue Magenta Weaving with Star Designs was last modified: by emadmin
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W-088 Small Square Weaving with Star Design was last modified: by emadmin
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W-089 Finely Woven Q'ero Mesa Cloth with Sequins was last modified: by emadmin
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W-085 Q'ero Mesa Cloth in natural browns with Star Design was last modified: by emadmin
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W-086 Colorful Q'ero Mesa Cloth was last modified: by emadmin
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WT-010 Finely Woven Long Green Weaving was last modified: by emadmin
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W-083 Large, Magenta Lliclia was last modified: by emadmin
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W-082 Weaving from Laguna Qoricocha was last modified: by emadmin
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W-081 Weaving in Natural Browns with Embroidered Magenta Border was last modified: by emadmin
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W-080 Red Striped Weaving with Green Edging was last modified: by emadmin
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W-077 A Pair of Small Weavings was last modified: by emadmin
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W-065 Colorful Lliclia with embroidered diamond border was last modified: by emadmin
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W-066 Small Lliclia in AN Colors ~ Perfect for Card Readings was last modified: by emadmin
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W-068 Exquisite Small Square Weaving in the colors of AN was last modified: by emadmin
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W-069 Colorful Q'ero Mesa Cloth was last modified: by emadmin