Thursday, 7 August 2014

Ceremonial poncho from Cuzco

An early 20th century man's Aymara ceremonial poncho.

From a village in the Cuzco region of Peru woven from alpaca wool using natural dyes including cochineal used for the reds and the pinks (by adding salt to the dye). The poncho has an unusual woven collar and an added woven band around the entire edge and is 166cm x 154cm in size. This is the finest example of such a poncho I came across when travelling in Peru and Bolivia.

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