Why are textiles important in Peru?
Textiles continue to play an integral role in Peruvian culture. They are given as gifts in courtship, and are important parts of marriage and coming of age ceremonies.
What are Peruvian textiles made from?
Peruvians weavers have traditionally used five different fibers for their craft, pima cotton, and hair from four different animals, vicuna, alpaca, llama, and guanaco, all members of the camelid family. The Spanish introduced wool from sheep into the weaving craft in the 1500s.
What is Peruvian fabric called?
Great handloomed fabric from the Peruvian Andes. Known as Aguayo fabric and used by the natives to wrap and carry their babies on their back.
Why did the Incas value textiles more than gold?
To the invading Spaniards, gold was without question the great prize in the Incas Empire. But among the Incas themselves, textiles ranked as the most treasured commodity, in large measure because of the amount of time and care expended in producing them.
What is Peruvian silk?
Heritage Silk Peruvian Tones is a super-soft yet durable yarn that is machine washable and dryable because of its blend of superwash merino wool and silk. Heritage Silk Peruvian Tones has a lovely drape and subtle sheen throughout the yarn at 437 yards, this yarn is great for lace shawls of all sizes.
What textiles were worn by the Inca elite called?
Cumbi (Qunpi, Qompi, Kumpi) was a fine luxurious fabric of the Inca Empire. Elites used to offer cumbi to the rulers, and it was a reserved cloth for Royalty. Common people were not allowed to use Cumbi. Cumbi was a phenomenal textile art of Andean textiles.
What is a Peruvian poncho?
Poncho’s are believed to have appeared in Peru in the 17th Century and since then have been part of the traditional Andean dress. Worn mostly by men, the poncho shields the body from both cold and rain and is particularly well suited for the high altitude regions close to the Andes.