This beautiful purple belt is hand woven on a backstrap loom in Chinchero, Peru, by Maria Belen Contreros. It is produced using hand spun wool that ha been naturally dyed using traditional andean plants and minerals.
The chumpi or belt is very important to Peruvian people. It is worn by men and women and it is also used for swaddling babies. Women use it to fasten and hold their skirts and weave some chumpis specially to give birth on as is the tradition. Men use it for tying their trousers up and chumpis of a larger width are used as a back support when lifting and working out in the fields.
Each village has it’s own unique design which distinguishes them from the next. A mother will pass on these designs if her children become weavers. Unfortunately less young people are taking up the tradition and unique patterns and designs are being lost.
Size 8 x 142 cm.