Alpaca poncho "Mountains, Rivers and Stars"

Alpaca poncho "Mountains, Rivers and Stars"

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$400.00
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Handcrafted Peruvian poncho of the finest quality. This is our favorite design that was implemented specifically for us - a real piece of art and one of the most beautiful ponchos we have seen so far.

 

Design

This poncho features depictions from the Chahuaytire community that represent the stars, the mountains (Apus) that for the locals are living spirits, the rivers, and coca leaves.

Like most Peruvian ponchos, it is made by joining two separately woven pieces.

 

Materials

The yarn is quality, soft alpaca and the weaving is very fine. We offer two versions; alpaca blend which contains approximately 70% alpaca and 30% sheep wool, and 100% baby alpaca. The most important difference that would affect your choice is that the 100% baby alpaca version is significantly softer, a truly luxurious yarn.

All yarn has been dyed with natural, handcrafted, mostly plant-based, 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.

 

Additional border

The neck features a beautiful border (called chichilla by the locals) that ensures that the two pieces will not split apart with use. The option to add similar border all around the poncho is available for an additional cost. The border adds extra strength to all sides making it less likely to incur accidental damage, such as tearing, resulting in a better quality poncho that will last longer.

 

Dimensions

This poncho comes in two sizes:

  • Medium, 150 - 155 cm (59.06 - 61.02") length by 110 - 115 cm (43.31 - 45.28") width.
  • Large, 175 - 180 cm (68.90 - 70.87") length by 110 - 115 cm (43.31 - 45.28") width, with larger neck opening as well.

The above dimensions are without the fringe. The fringe ranges between 8 cm (3.15") and 15 cm (5.91") long.

It is possible to implement smaller ponchos for kids and teenagers upon request.

Natural alpaca textiles should be handwashed in cold water using shampoo or mild detergent. Let them dry on a flat surface so that they don't loose their shape. Dry cleaning is also an option.

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 the first listed variant of 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.

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  • Alpaca shawl "Mountains, Rivers and Stars"

    The perfect shawl!

    5
    by Maria B.

    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.

    2 years 1 month ago
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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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About the Inka Market

The Inka Market is an online marketplace that trades unique, handcrafted products from artisans and communities in the Peruvian Andes. It is an initiative of The Golden Silver Hands, a social enterprise with the mission to promote the Andean arts and crafts and to help the local artisans to improve their livelihood by reaching the global markets.