The Colors:
The Andean people use a variety of plants, insects and minerals to naturally create dyes for their textiles.  The selection depends on what is native to the region. 

Red/Pink/Purple 

Cochineal is used to dye a wide range of shades in varying intensities, from bright red to shades of pink, purple, and orange.  It is a scale insect that lives on the prickly pear cactus.


Orange/Coral

The inner bark of the Chapi plant, which grows in August and September, is used to create shades of orange and coral. 


Yellow/Orange

Q’olle flowers are often used to make yellow, as well as some shades of orange.

Green

Ch'illca produces a very dark green.  It can also be combined other plants such as Ñuñunqa, to produce lighter, brighter green hues.


Blue

Tara, combined with blue collpa, produces blue.


White/Grey/Black/Brown

Usually there is no need to dye the yarn at all to achieve this as the alpaca and llamas are these colors.

Our Collection

Our curated selection of exquisite textiles will complement a variety of styles from modern to Mediterranean to cottage.