Threads of Peru

Chaullacocha Alpaca Peruvian Manta


Traditional Handwoven Peruvian Manta – 100% Handspun Undyed Sustainable Alpaca

Size: 88 cm x 120 cm (approx.)

Fibre: 100% Natural Alpaca


The Chaullacocha Peruvian Manta brings an exclusive opportunity to collect a one of a kind piece woven in a backstrap loom by a weaver from the community of Chaullacocha!

Called lliqlla in Quechua, a manta is a traditional carrying cloth, used to carry a variety of items – from potatoes to firewood, to plants harvested for dyeing, and even babies! The greatest heights of artistic expression and technical accomplishment are showcased when weaving mantas, as this is the last stage of a weaver’s education.

Peruvian Mantas are traditionally worn over the shoulder by women, covering the back. They are first folded on the diagonal and joined by two corners under the chin with a large pin (traditionally called a tupu).

A true collector’s item, this piece will evoke the mystique of the ancient Incan empire while showcasing the creativity and skill of the weaver.


This Master Weaver Manta was woven by Dorotea Sullkpauma Puma from the community of Chaullacocha, at an altitude of over 4,300 metres (14,100 feet).