Peru, Timoteo Ccarita Sacaca, C1 Chalina vicuña (Vicuña scarf)
Size: 200 x 20 cm
Weight: 230 grams
Takes 15 days to make.
Vicuña chalinas (scarfs) are used in ceremonies only by the community leaders.
The traditional weaving in Pitumarca has maintained the original designs and symbolism for thousands of years. The symbols are profound mysteries embodied ethnographically in each ancestral textile. The tradition has been maintained thanks to the wise people. The techniques are transmitted from mother to daughter with the contributions of Timoteo, in Pitumarca. The associations of weavers will maintain the tradition in the future.
The threads are made with vicuña wool, which is sourced locally. The vicuñas are wild, and they have only a few short hair, but it’s the finest wool in the world. .
The color of the vicuña it’s just the natural color of the wool, without any dye.
Weaving is made with a back strap loom. The whole handmade process involves hundreds of members of the community, mostly women, from shearing the vicuñas together, spinning the yarn (spinning vicuña wool by hand is one of the most time consuming techniques due to its shortnes). A vicuña scarf is a valuos and scarce textile