Threads of Peru

Pallay Alpaca Manta


Traditional Handwoven Peruvian Manta – 100% Naturally Dyed Alpaca

Size: 80 cm x 80 cm 

Fibre: 100% Alpaca


The Pallay Manta is the creative expression of Leonarda Choquechampi Tapara, a Quechua weaver member of the weaving cooperative from the Parobamba community. This textile is one of its kind, handwoven with handspun and naturally dyed alpaca fiber.

This Peruvian textile brings the chance to take on a rustic yet stunning entirely original piece that celebrates the backstrap loom weaving tradition of the high Andes! 

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).