Coin Purse, Accha Alta, Peru
A hand knit coin purse with crochet or looped bobble decorations made in Accha Alta, Peru, a small Andean community located about 2 hours north of Cusco, Peru.
I purchased this coin purse in Cusco in 2017 at the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. (https://www.textilescusco.org). The CTTC, established in 1996, preserves and sustains the artists of Peruvian Inca textiles and their diverse communities throughout the region by providing a venue for them to demonstrate, exhibit, and sell their work.
The purse is made of hand spun, hand dyed Alpaca yarn. I recall from my visit that the dyes used are all traditional dyes, including plant dyes. The knitted gauge is very fine -- approximately 10 stitches and 10 rows to 1".
Artist: Margarita Huaman Puma, b. 1986
I often purchase local textiles as a way to remember places I have visited. Studying textiles made for and collected by travelers to various regions of the globe throughout history is endlessly fascinating.