Threads of Peru

Upis Alpaca Master Weaver Peruvian Manta


Master Weaver Collection: Traditional Handwoven Peruvian Manta – 100% Undyed Sustainable Alpaca

Size: 60 cm x 70 cm (approx.)

Fibre: 100% Natural Alpaca


The Upis Master Weaver Peruvian Manta brings an exclusive opportunity to collect a masterpiece by an accomplished weaver from the community of Upis!

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. When listed as out of stock, the Upis Master Weaver Peruvian Manta is also available by custom order.


This Master Weaver Manta was woven by Paulina Gonzalo Chillihuani from the community of Upis, nestled at the base of Apu Ausangate, the most important apu or mountain deity in the Andean cosmology.