Doña Alicia's Handmade Blankets from Peru

Doña Alicia

Doña Alicia

From the Sacred Valley of Peru, Doña Alicia learned the art of weaving from her grandmother. From shearing the alpaca, to creating natural dyes via sourcing local cochineal insects, stones and flowers. The entire process is crafted by hand in a 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 Doña 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. 

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

FOR EVERY PURCHASE FROM THE PERU COLLECTION, A PORTION OF ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE PISAQ PALLAYAY WEAVING SCHOOL FOR GIRLS.