the saphi manta

the saphi manta



This manta is woven in Peru on a back-strap loom. It is warp faced and double cloth, meaning the back of the textile shows the inverse of the pattern. It is wool and hand-dyed with natural dyes. 

Mantas are a part of traditional Quechua women dress, and are worn across the back and around the shoulders like a shawl. Mantas are also used to carry children, and both men and women use them to carry goods, like a backpack. 

All of our Peruvian mantas are two pieces sewn up the middle. Textiles can only be made about the width of the body to fit on a back-strap loom, therefore larger textiles must be woven in two pieces. This is very common in traditional Peruvian textiles. 


There may be slight variation to the detail of the weaving and symmetry of the textile due to the handmade process. We believe this makes the weaving truly special, and we hope you do too. 


Dimensions: 40"W x 34"L

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*restoration: There are several areas around the edge of the textile that can be treated and the bottom border is beginning to detach from the manta. All restoration processes will be done upon request once the textile is purchased. 

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