Queñoa Plant-Dyed Alpaca Scarf Olive

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Handwoven, plant-dyed alpaca scarf

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Handwoven, plant-dyed alpaca scarf 

Product code: ASO086

This beautifully-soft alpaca scarf has been crafted entirely by hand by Aymara women from Northern Chile. Fleece for each scarf is spun and then woven in a design chosen by each weaver. Although contemporary in style, these scarves form part of a long tradition of textile weaving in Andean communities, where alpaca fleece is highly prized for its luxurious softness, durability and superior insulating qualities.

The weavers are members of an indigenous association which endeavours to maintain Aymara cultural traditions whilst also seeking to provide income opportunities for women at home. They meet once a week to offer each other support and companionship. 

Queñoa is the name of a tree that grows at high altitude in the Andes. Its red flaking bark is prized as a dye stuff, as well as for its medicinal properties, amongst indigenous communities in the region.

Dye plant used: lampaya medicinalis is a low-growing shrub of the arid mountainous region of Northern Chile. It is used both as a dye plant and as a medicinal herb. 

Care Instructions:

100% alpaca wool
Dry Clean Only

Dimensions (cm): 38 x 164 cm plus fringe. Please note, this item is individually handwoven, precise dimensions may vary slightly. 

Here at añañuca we are committed to supporting rural livelihoods. Weaving is a traditional skill in rural communities in Northern Chile, handed down through the generations from Aymara ancestors. Today, this skilled work provides a vital source of income for families in this harsh, remote mountainous region.

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