The frazadas ('blankets' in english) we work with come from the highlands surrounding Cuzco, Peru. They're woven by women to provide warmth in the cold climates of the high Andes. They can be made from sheep, alpaca, or vicuña wool which is spun by the artisan and then dyed using natural pigments. Each piece is woven by hand on a backstop loom in two pieces the width of the loom then whip-stitched together. Every frazada has a unique design imagined by the weaver that most likely holds personal or familial significance. They usually take a month or longer to make and are true works of art.
Frazadas are thick, heavy, and quite sturdy. I love to use them as rugs but they also make beautiful wall hangings, bed throws, picnic or beach blankets, and are a great option for upholstered furniture or headboards.
Local to the Portland area and interested in using some of our frazadas for an upholstery project? Drop us a line, we'd love to chat!