the taqui manta

the taqui 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. It is over one-hundred years old. 

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: 43 1/2"W x 42"L

*restoration: This piece has been worked on by a Peruvian hand since it was originally woven. As pictured there were a few tears that someone worked to re-weave. The actual weaving is good, but as you can see the color of the fiber doesn't match. We personally find this imperfection beautiful, however, upon purchase you may choose to have us fix the damaged area ourselves. 

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