Jody and I are looking forward to our upcoming trip to Peru in early November; a journey we haven't made since prior to the pandemic. We'll be virtually taking you along with the trip, posting about our adventures regularly to our social media channels and here on the blog.
We are excited to visit with the weavers Sallac, Peru who made some creative shifts during the pandemic. Typically, they use their brightly dyed wool yarns to weave ponchos for tourists, but with the impact the pandemic had on tourism, we worked with them to lend their skills to creating throws for us.
Using natural dyes, the weavers create a sumptuous and pleasing palate. They use soft merino and alpaca wool and apply their extraordinary craftsmanship; intuitively understanding that merino wool must be treated more gently than their local sheep’s wool.
Weaver from Sallac, Peru, working on her backstrap loom. When finished, the piece on her loom will be seamed to a second piece and together they form a lovely, heirloom quality throw. All natural dyed on handspan yarn and -no question- these works are among the finest hand woven textiles in the world.