Traditional Handwoven Peruvian Manta – 100% Naturally Dyed Wool
Condor Peruvian Manta
The Condor Peruvian Manta is the creative expression of Anita Huaman, a Quechua weaver member of the weaving cooperative from the Chaullacocha community. This textile is one of its kind, handwoven with handspun and naturally dyed wool fiber, featuring on its pallay (designs) figures of the iconic Condor bird, an important symbol for the Inca culture withing its Cosmovision.
This Peruvian textile brings the chance to take on a rustic yet stunning entirely original piece that celebrates the backstrap loom weaving tradition of the high Andes!
Called lliqlla in Quechua, a manta is a traditional carrying cloth, used to carry a variety of items – from potatoes to firewood, to plants harvested for dyeing, and even babies! The greatest heights of artistic expression and technical accomplishment are showcased when weaving mantas, as this is the last stage of a weaver’s education.
Peruvian Mantas are traditionally worn over the shoulder by women, covering the back. They are first folded on the diagonal and joined by two corners under the chin with a large pin (traditionally called a tupu).