A handcrafted alpaca shawl of the finest quality. It can be wrapped around your shoulders or worn on your head to keep you warm or to dress in style.
The depictions are traditional weaving patterns from the Chahuaytire community that represent the stars, the mountains (Apus) that for the locals are living spirits, the rivers and coca leaves.
The weaving, and the thread itself, are very fine.
This shawl is handcrafted using high quality, soft alpaca yarn. Sometimes, the design patterns that stand out (such as the stars, the mountains and the rivers) are made with sheep wool.
All yarn has been dyed with natural, handcrafted colors:
- Variations of blue come from the indigo plant.
- Variations of green come from the chillka plant.
- Variations of yellow come from the q'olle plant.
- Variations of red, orange and purple come from the cactus insect cochineal.
It is 183 cm (72.05") long and 55 cm (21.65") wide, without the fringe. The fringe ranges between 8 cm (3.15") and 15 cm (5.91") long.
Natural alpaca textiles should be handwashed in cold water using mild detergent. Let them dry on a flat surface so that they don't loose their shape.
We will only be able to confirm the shipping costs for an order when we know the exact combination of items and the destination address. In some cases items can be added to an existing shopping cart without incurring additional shipping costs.
As an example, the shipping costs when this product is the only item in an order, are:
- $36.08 USD using Express Shipping service to North America
- $33.81 USD using Economy Shipping service to North America
- $37.46 USD using Express Shipping service to Europe
- $35.73 USD using Economy Shipping service to Europe
The Express Shipping service normally requires up to 10 days for delivery and the Economy Shipping service may require up to 25 days, unless there are delays in the customs authority of your country.
We normally dispatch orders within 1-3 working days of the order placement. In some cases we may require more time due to operational difficulties in the region or lack of immediate availability. In such cases we will notify you seeking a confirmation that the extra time required is acceptable for you.
I am really excited with this purchase! The material, mostly alpaca, is really high quality; the thread is very fine and it is soft at the touch, more than I would expect from a woven product. The colors come from natural dyes and yet they are more vivid than I expected. Skillfully made by someone who clearly knows the craft, the color and pattern combination is really successful; it's a real delight on the eyes. As a cloth it is versatile and it is warm enough to wear instead of a light jacket. Beautiful as it is, I may be using it for decorating the wall above my bed in the summer.
The service was excellent as always.
About the alpaca fiber
Alpaca is the natural fiber that is derived from the hair of the Alpaca camelid, a species native to the Andes that lives between 3,500 and 4,500 meters altitude. The indigenous people in the Peruvian Andes have been harvesting the alpaca fiber for thousands of years in order to create a variety of handmade textiles. Good quality alpaca produces luxurious textiles that are famed for being lightweight, warm, strong, hypoallergenic, and for having water and fire resistance qualities.
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