A traditional Peruvian poncho handcrafted by artisans from the "Amaru Network" association of weavers in the community of Amaru in the Peruvian Andes.
Materials & Design
This poncho is handcrafted using 100% alpaca yarn that is undyed e.g. the colors are naturally occurring variations of alpaca hair. Its dominant and largest design pattern symbolizes the four directions, called "Suyos" in the native Quechua language and traditions.
- Antisuyo - East
- Kuntisuyo - West
- Kuyasuyo - South
- Chinchaysuyo - North
The four Suyos together symbolize the unity of the community. The pattern at the edges represents the plants and it is an appreciation to nature, while the other one depicts the Viscachas, a local rabbit-like rodent. Like most Peruvian ponchos, this is a two-piece poncho i.e. made by joining two separately woven pieces together.
Without the fringe, it is 140 cm long, 120 cm wide, and it has a 28 cm neck opening.
It weighs 1133 grams.
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:
- $43.10 USD using Express Shipping service to North America
- $53.31 USD using Economy Shipping service to North America
- $43.25 USD using Express Shipping service to Europe
- $53.46 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.
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.
Here are some more 100% alpaca ponchos handcrafted by artisans in the Peruvian Andes.