Traditional Chinchero Chumpi Belt with Natural Dyes
This natural dye belt or chumpi is hand woven on a backstrap loom in the Chinchero region of the Peruvian Andes. The design is traditional to Chinchero with the serpent enclosed within the coca leaf, the puma eyes either side and a more abstract design for the switchbacks for the edging.
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 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.