Alpaca wool poncho, 'Winter Dreams'
Cozy and elegant, this traditional alpaca wool poncho features delicate tassels and fringe. Virginia Apaza Ticona designs a modern version of the classic poncho and adorns it with Andean llamas and Inca glyphs. Made in Peru.
- Do not bleach
- Dry clean or hand wash
- Hand wash in warm water
- Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
- 25.5" L x 31.5" W
- Weight: 0.7 lb
- 50% alpaca wool, 50% acrylic
- Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.
Ships directly from our partner office in Peru. Please allow 10 to 24 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.
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Artisan: Virginia Apaza Ticona
Virginia's father raises alpacas and sells their wool. Her mother knits and crochets a variety of clothing articles, and she taught Virginia. Aided by her aunts, she began selling her designs, which enabled her to fund her university studies, where she specialized in social work.
Over the years, Virginia kept up her knitting and in 2002 she decided to dedicate all her time to textiles. Setting up a workshop in her home, she works with women's groups. She is fluent in the Aymara language. Being able to communicate with women and communities where this is the only language spoken permits her to aid them in selling their work.
"I am an artist who works with her hands, they make real the ideas the come to my mind. I love to use my hands in the creation of a variety of things, because knitting is such a versatile art.
"I have knitted traditional dolls for a long time. I love to recreate traditional costumes, though I specialize in Quechua and Aymara styles. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with orders, that I have to ask other people to come in to help me.
"Nowadays, my product range includes garments, dolls, handbags, and knitted toys shaped like the animals that live in the Andes.
"Working with alpaca wool is a family tradition that we lovingly share with you. I hope you like it."