This handwoven sapa scarf comes to us from Threads of Peru, a not-for-profit social enterprise. Its mission is to connect the world to handmade treasures of the Andes, helping to strengthen ancient craft techniques and empower artisans.
The Sapa Wide Alpaca Scarves, woven in a gorgeous baby alpaca, are stunning accessory items for those looking to brighten up their wardrobe with a touch of Peru! Made by the community of Totora, in the luscious Sacred Valley of Peru, these scarves were created using natural dye ingredients such as the cochineal insect (red) the kaka sunkha plant (brown) and kinsa kunchu (turquoise), as well as naturally occurring shades of alpaca fibre. It is perfect to wear as a dramatically wrapped scarf or even a loosely draped baby alpaca shawl.
The name “sapa” means ‘full of design’ in Quechua and is a group of four scarves in the Quechua Collection that feature the same weaving design but in different, vibrant color combinations. The individual designs include ‘pica pica’ (Incan stairs) on the borders, and flowers and hearts in the central panel. When referring to the Quechua storytelling tradition, the artisan’s view of the world, including lakes, mountains, flowers, and Incan constructions, all which form the natural environment around them, is represented in their weaving. The heart in the centre of the weaving also signifies the love that the weaver (or the wearer!) feels for the natural environment!
A TAFA Special: Qolqe Change Purse, $18 Value
As a thank you for shopping on TAFA, you will also receive a special pouch, great for change, make-up or anything small that you want to carry around. There are four color combinations and you can request your preference from Threads of Peru, but your choice will be subject to availability
100% Naturally Dyed Wool
Size: 3.5″ x 4.5″ / 9 cm x 12 cm
These useful pouches were woven on a traditional back-strap loom by indigenous artisans from various Quechua communities in the Cusco region. The weaver created the ancient designs – includingsalla qocha (plants in the high Andean lakes) – by carefully selecting each thread, row by row.
The materials in this change purse are 100% natural – locally sourced sheep’s wool, hand-spun on a drop-spindle, and dyed with natural dyes. This product is finished with cotton lining and a zipper closure.
Free shipping on your Inca throw internationally. Please note: This product is expected to be in stock at the time of purchase. If it is not, we can order it for you if you are able to wait 6-8 weeks before shipping. Contact us first about availability.