Saturday, December 4, 2010

Awana Kancha

On the way back to Cusco from Amaru, we stopped at Awana Kancha, the co-op where Amaru and several other villages sell their weavings and other handcrafts.  Near the entrance to the co-op are various pens where examples of the various llamas and alpacas are kept.  This chart helped explain the varieties.

Inside the co-op there is a display showing the various herbs and plants and equipment used in the natural dyeing process. 

I wished these yarns were for sale, but they weren't.  They were just there to show all the color variations available from the natural dyes.

They had a small amount of yarn for sale in the gift shop, but again, it was very fine, made for weaving.  I hope I'll be able to make a lace shawl out of it.  This yarn is too fine even for socks.

This is the woven scarf that I bought there.  It's made of baby alpaca and is incredibly soft.

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