Traditional Flower Blanket by Artesanías de Chile Foundation (Chile)
MEASUREMENTS 240 cm x180 cm
MATERIALS Sheep wool. Carpet base is natural / Flowers are chemically dyed with aniline
Wool-hair knot technique, weaved in Vertical loom (called "Quelgo", in local language).
This traditional blanket with brocado flowers is made by Rosa Miranda, a traditional weaver from Dalcahue, a little village in the middle east side of Chiloé Island, an amazing handrcraft spot located in the extreme south of Chile, in northern Patagonia.
It is one of the Chiloé textile pieces selected by Artesanías de Chile (Crafts of Chile Foundation) for 2020 Selvedege World Fair, considering this archipielago amazes with its singularities and cultural wealth.
The long time the island lived in total isolation from the rest of Chile made Chiloé people (called “chilotes”) generate their own culture.
Their textiles are the result of years of living in a rainy and cold climate, contacting only with what nature delivers and the ingenuity of its inhabitants to solve daily life.
In the Chilote houses, textiles were woven in “kelgwos” or “quelgo”, as they call a large horizontal loom built inhome, usualy in their living room.
Today, the tradition of weaving in kelgwo is kept by very few women and are scarcely transmitted to the new generations. One type of textile that persists with the support of Artesanias de Chile Foundation (who moves artisans to restart weaving antique pieces) is this blanket with brocado.
Fundación Artesanías de Chile (Crafts of Chile Foundation) is a private non-profit entity who works to preserve Chilean cultural identity and create opportunities for traditional artisans, especially in rural locations.
Certified by World Fair Trade Organization (WTFO), we work with a network of artisans made up of 2.300 men and women from all over the country, repositories of cultural heritage of our country, imprint in each of their pieces. An important group of them lives in Chiloé Island.
It takes up to 1 month to make an item like this.
Available to ship 1,5 months after purchase.