Aguayos, handmade Peruvian fabrics, used to be one of the most highly valued goods each family could posses, passing them on from one generation to the next. Textiles constructed with patience and love, each piece uniquely handmade one thread at a time by the hands of the indigenous Peruvian people. This handcrafted method was passed down from parents to their children, keeping the tradition alive within the local communities.
After years of practice, weavers were able to create a vocabulary using many different motifs incorporated into their one-of-a-kind fabrics. Some of the Aguayos contain geometric shapes or figures that represent the eye of the Condor, Puma or Snake; each of these animals are very important symbols in the Incan culture. Other fabrics depict historic events or the personal stories of the weaver, thus reflecting their emotional state and skill level in each individual piece of work. It is clear when you look at the intricacy of a piece of fabric, that they can each take over one month to be complete, often using sheep or alpaca wool, sometimes a combination of both.
These skilled Peruvian Artisans make natural dyes using a variety of plants, vegetables and even nuts to create the vibrant colors you'll see in each piece. Samples of the natural dye process include the use of the Cochineal insect to get reds, indigo for blue, and carob's for browns.
These days the Peruvian communities have since lost the local tradition of hand knitting, with only a handful of communities still able to make a living from this skill.
Costa and Sierra are our two new collections completely designed by US and carefully handmade by a community of women in Willoq. We appreciate them as living proof of tradicional heritage, acquiring this place aids to preserve the textile weaving skills and empower culture.