Inca Vintage Blanket

Inca Vintage Blanket

375.00

One-of-a-kind, vintage heirloom blanket. Sourced from the Sacred Valley of Peru. Norma, a single mother who traveled town to town on horseback buying these pieces in order to provide for her and her child. Each piece is unique and comes with natural distressing that tell the stories of being passed down from generation to generation.

  • Dimensions: 48.5” x 48.5”

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The Stories

From the Sacred Valley of Peru, Dona Alicia learned the art of weaving from her grandmother. From shearing the alpaca, to sourcing local cochineal insects, stones and flowers to create natural dyes, the entire process is handmade in the traditional Peruvian way.  The pieces she creates are not accessible to tourists, and the intricacies of her art, have details only the most trained eye can appreciate. 

The native people of Dona Alicia's village do not have written history of their culture, so each blanket serves as an artistic documentation of their history, culture and world view. The weaving on each piece tells a unique story, line by line. 

Dona Alicia envisions each story before weaving. As traditional weaving is a diminishing art, these sacred stories engrained in these blankets are some of the few insights into understanding their way of life and the way they see the world, told from their perspective. 

Red and pink hues come from the cochineal insect. Green shades from the leaves local to the Sacred Valley of Peru. And the blue pigments are from indigo she grows herself. Black comes from the black alpaca. Creating a spectrum of shades using lemons to lighten darker colors. 

From the Cetchuan speaking village, Dona Alicia and her mother travel to town to sell their beautiful pieces . Dona Alicia has recently opened a weaving school, to teach other Peruvian women the fading art of weaving. our mission is to support Dona Alicia and her efforts to educate and sustain this traditional craft.