Queñoa Plant-Dyed Alpaca Shawl Salmon

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Handwoven, plant-dyed alpaca shawl

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Handwoven, plant-dyed alpaca shawl

Product Code: ASO0051

This really is a wrap for all seasons! Whether you are looking for a soft, lightweight cover-up for cool summer evenings, or a snug extra layer against the winter chills, these beautifully handwoven alpaca shawls will add a touch of timeless sophistication to any outfit.

Crafted entirely by hand a group of indigenous Aymara women from Northern Chile, every shawl is a unique, one off item. Fleece is spun in small batches and then dyed using plant material collected in the locality. Shawls are then woven into a design according to the individual preferences of each weaver. Although contemporary in style, these shawls 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 properties/qualities. 

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: tola or tola tola is a common shrub of the high puna in Northern Chile. As well as serving as a traditional dye plant this small-leaved resinous plant is a popular source of firewood in this high, semi-arid Andean region. The name signifies "leña" (firewood) in aymara. A variety of colours can be obtained according to the mordant used.

Care Instructions:

100% plant-dyed alpaca wool
Dry Clean Only

Dimensions (cm): 61 x 200 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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