Brown Alpaca

Decorative Accessory

Brown Alpaca

Decorative Accessory

3.5" W x 6.5" H x 2.5" D"
contemporary handmade
Peru
$24 Sale

The alpaca is a South American camelid that lives in the heights of the Andes, more than 13,000 feet... READ MORE

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Provenance

contemporary handmade
Peru

The alpaca is a South American camelid that lives in the heights of the Andes, more than 13,000 feet above sea level. The animal was revered in Inca times and possessed a religious significance; only royalty were allowed to wear the fine textile. The alpaca was almost wiped out by the Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century in order to create grazing land for sheep. However, due to their resilience against harsh weather conditions, some herds were able to survive in the high Andes. In the 19th century, a renewed interest in alpaca fiber and textiles led to a revival of the alpaca in Peru. Today, alpaca herds are bred specifically for their fiber, woven into the signature Peruvian textile.

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This decorative accessory is made from alpaca fiber from Peru.

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*Please note that as unique, handmade art, no two pieces are ever exactly the same and color varies across monitors. Our website photos are a close representation of this work, but may not be identical to the piece you receive.

Provenance

The alpaca is a South American camelid that lives in the heights of the Andes, more than 13,000 feet above sea level. The animal was revered in Inca times and possessed a religious significance; only royalty were allowed to wear the fine textile. The alpaca was almost wiped out by the Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century in order to create grazing land for sheep. However, due to their resilience against harsh weather conditions, some herds were able to survive in the high Andes. In the 19th century, a renewed interest in alpaca fiber and textiles led to a revival of the alpaca in Peru. Today, alpaca herds are bred specifically for their fiber, woven into the signature Peruvian textile.