Aguayo, what is it? how is it made?

Many of the items that we have in our store are made with Aguayo or have some Aguayo to embellish them.
I thought it would be interesting to have a post to learn something about Aguayo.
Aguayo is a multicolor square weave, it is characteristic mainly of the Andean region of Bolivia and Peru. It can be fabricated with wool of llama, alpaca or sheep; it is dyed with natural vibrant colors. Women use these weaves to carry babies and small children on their backs. It is very common to see women carrying their babies this way; it is the Andean version of the Sling. Aguayo weaves can also be used for seating at a picnic, setting it as a tablecloth, etc.
How is the manufacturing process?
All the process of elaboration, from the sheared of the wool to the weave is hand made.
First step is shearing the wool; second is the work of selection and washing.
After the wool is clean, then the third step is the spinning in a wooden cylindrical instrument called Rueca. Fourth step is the dye; the wool can be dyed with natural colors or with artificial colors. Fifth, put the wool on the weaving looms and arrange and organize it in function of the design that is wanted. Sixth and final step, the process of weaving. weaving loom

Woman Weaving Aguayo

Wool for Aguayo
There are three different ways: The vertical weave, where the threads extend vertically to the floor. (most used today), the weave to the waist, where one part of the weave is brought closer to an unmovable object (a beam, a tree) and the other part is tied to the waist of the weaver so he/she can control the tension of the weave, and the horizontal weave, where the threads should extend over a wooden bar horizontally to the floor.
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