Peruvian Textiles: Available In Traditional and Modern Artisanal Textile Designs

Nothing warms the body as well as the ponchos, shawls and blankets woven by the indigenous peoples of the high Andes.

Nothing warms the body as well as the ponchos, shawls and blankets woven by the indigenous peoples of the high Andes. These traditional items served to keep people warm at work, at home, at church on Sundays and at all other sacred gatherings.

You can find new, old, traditional and innovative textiles to keep you warm this winter at Shaman's Market, the online portal for indigenous craft, culture and spirituality. Peruvian Textiles are woven of sheep's wool and alpaca wool, sometimes in combination. Alpaca is softer, stronger and three times warmer than sheep's wool. Since it has no lanolin, alpaca is also hypoallergenic. And alpaca keeps you dry, even drier than oiled wool.

Alpaca was known as the "fiber of the gods" and woven into clothing for royalty. It is the fiber used in cloth thousands of years old that still holds the color of its natural dyes and the integrity of its textile weave.
Alpaca, like sheep's wool, comes in a range of natural colors. There are almost two dozen distinct shades of color in natural alpaca, from black through browns and grays to white.

Alpaca holds dye well. Peruvian Textiles to this day are known for the characteristic rich red of natural cochineal dye. Quechua men and boys in the northern highlands of Peru all wear a poncho for special occasions, usually striped in that vibrant red. In other areas, ponchos are more every day and workaday items. A poncho is more than an outer garment. It is a blanket, a pillow and a shawl to protect its owner at all times and places.

Vicuna is a relative of alpaca, perhaps its wild ancestor. Vicuna wool has been prized since ancient times, being extremely fine and slow to procure. Then and now, vicuna have been protected by law. Vicuna were declared an endangered species in 1974.

Interest in alpaca has surged, partly because of the quality of the fiber; partly because of alpaca ranching's low environmental impact. Alpaca farms are common in North America. There and in traditional Andean villages, cooperatives have sprung up to raise the animals, comb or shear the wool, card, spin and weave it or sell it to weaving collectives.

Peruvian textiles today have adopted modern and fusion silhouettes and are greatly used as one of an important Meditation Supplies. Silk has been incorporated into woven fibers. Brilliant new dyes are available. Shaman's Market online offers a beautiful selection of traditional and modern, artisanal textile designs.


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Company Name: shamansmarket
Issued By: shamans market
Phone: 866-929-2964
Address: Shamans Market 6620 Crabapple Ct
City: Troy
State: MI
Zip: 48098
Country: United States
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Keywords : Incense Sticks, Palo Santo, Meditation Supplies, Peruvian Textiles, White Sage Smudge,

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