Backstrap Handwoven Men's Alpaca Poncho in Earth Tones - Chinchero Legacy

$700
Economic Development icon Each purchase creates employment for indigenous artisans

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Artisans in the developing world lack access to the global economy. Novica works to employ artisans and preserve their culture around the world, while providing meaningful access to global markets. Many artisans live in rural communities and don't have the means to sell their work on the international market. Novica gives them a free platform to do this, and reach customers on a global scale while preserving indigenous culture and artistry. Since 1999, over $88M has been sent to indigenous artisans and all products are produced under fair trade standards.

Your purchase today ensures artisans in the developing world have a better tomorrow.

Vertical bands of earth tones distinguish this classic poncho for men. Artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco work with ancestral techniques to create fashion for today and always. Woven by hand of fine alpaca wool, prized by the ancient Inca for its lightweight warmth, its colors come from natural dyes. Geometric motifs pay tribute to the traditions of Chinchero, where time seems to have stood still for centuries.

The community raises and cares for its own alpacas. The fleece is washed, carded and spun by hand using a pushka, or drop spindle. The dyes come from plants, nuts and tree bark. The next step is one of the most important, as the artisan prepares the warp, or vertical threads for the backstrap loom. This determines the size of the textile, the color combinations, and the patterns that will be woven.

The intensity of color can vary depending on the hardness of the water, the altitude and the local dye sources, making each textile a unique piece of handcrafted art.


  • Weight: 0.95 kgs
  • Measurements: 160.02 cm L x 106.68 cm W
  • Material: 100% Alpaca
  • Eco-Friendly: Colored with Organic Dyes
  • Textile Softness: Soft - Made with Natural Fibers
  • All Natural Dyes
  • Made by Peruvian Artisans

Please note that, due to the handmade nature of these pieces, colors, and patterns may vary. Allow a production time of 1-2 weeks before shipping.

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