Alpaca wool ruana cloak, 'Lush Leaves'
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Lush leaves bring images of a winter forest in a design by Peru's Isidoro C'cahuantico. He weaves the hooded ruana cloak of a soft, warm alpaca wool blend. The cloak fastens at the front with four buttons covered with the same material as the borders. Includes one extra button. Made in Peru.
- Dry clean or hand wash
- Lay flat to dry
- Use mild detergent only
- Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
- 35.5" L x 52.5" W
- Weight: 1.6 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: Isidoro C'cahuantico
During the 1970s, Isidoro C'cahuantico was forced to migrate when terrorist activities swept his region. Accepting various jobs, he soon found himself working as a janitor in a textile factory.
"I was completely fascinated with the work they were doing!" Isidoro recalls. "I became enamored with the textile arts at first sight.
"At night, when everyone had gone home, I began to look at the looms and machines and to experiment with them. Some days later, one of the weavers complained his machine was never the way he'd left it the night before. The owner asked who kept adjusting the loom, and was surprised to learn the culprit was me!
"When she asked why I was using the loom, I replied that I wanted to learn. She said that if I really wanted to learn, I should learn to assemble one of the spare looms in the warehouse.
"That was one of the most important and memorable moments in my life!
"That was the beginning of a vocation, a great gift that I have now also passed to my children. The two older ones work with me, weaving fine alpaca textiles. My daughter makes the best crochet I have ever seen!"
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