Coin Purse, Accha Alta, Peru

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Identifier

2020.026

Title

Coin Purse, Accha Alta, Peru

Creator

Puma, Margarita Huaman

Date

Ca. 2017

Format

4" wide and 3" tall at base; 4" tall and 2" wide at neck

Description

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. 

Provenance

Jennifer Lindsay

Citation

Jennifer Lindsay, “Coin Purse, Accha Alta, Peru,” Center for Knit and Crochet Digital Repository, accessed December 1, 2022, https://digital.centerforknitandcrochet.org/items/show/24098.

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