Beautiful handwoven tasselled shoulder bag in violet maroon tones from the Chinchero Collection. Handmade by Paula Mamani Condori from the Accha Alta Community in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Handwoven using traditional Peruvian weaving techniques, this handbag is made from all natural fibres and dyes.
- High quality weaving and craftsmanship
- 20x30cm with 1.2m shoulder strap
- Tasselled fringe and corners
- High quality 10% alpaca’s wool, 90% sheep’s wool
- Handmade using 100% natural organic dyes.
About the Accha Alta Community
The Accha Alta community is located in the district and province of Calca, about 3,800 metres above sea level in the highlands of Peru’s Sacred Valley. There are approximately 100 families in the community with their native language being Quechua. One hundred percent of the people in Accha Alta live in poverty, and weaving has become, like many villages in Peru, a means to use a traditional art to provide sustainable incomes to these families.
Accha Alta has weaving well anchored in community knowledge and traditions. However, up until the centre started working with the community in 1999, there was a heavy reliance on synthetic fibres. Now all artisans work with sheep, alpaca and llama wool to create quality products of unique and exquisite designs. Both men and women weave in this community.
About the Chinchero Collection
The Chinchero Collection is a unique line of textile products ethically sourced from the Centro de Textilos Traditionales del Cusco, based in the small indigenous village of Chinchero, one hour from Cusco. The Centre works in nine different communities and provides sustainable incomes for approximately 350 adult artisans.
The Centro de Textilos is a not-for-profit organisation founded in1966 with the aim of helping local communities, cultural exchange and educating all generations on the ancient art of traditional weaving.
The artisans are paid fair wages for their products. All product prices are determined and set by the relevant communities, not by the centre. National taxes and administrative fees are then added onto the wholesale price.