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  Welcome to Hualhuas   Antonio Caceres  
 

The Peruvian district of Hualhuas is one of 28 that make up the Province of Huancayo. It is situated 11.5 kilometers north of Huancayo, its territory reaching 24.82 km² at an altitude of 3,280 meters above sea level. It was established by law on December 13, 1941 and today boasts a houses a population of approximately 3,220 people.

The history of Hualhuas mirrors the history of Peru. Human habitation in the area began in 10,000 b.c., with simple tribal societies sustained by agriculture. Trade was eventually established with coastal regions, opening up new food options to the high-starch diet of the highlands, and opened a flow of cultural ideas. It was the Paracas culture of the coast (south of Lima) that was responsible for first developing weaving techniques during and introducing this knowledge to the highland societies. Their geometrically designed cats, fish, reptiles, birds and regional gods had a profound influence on the art of the highlands around the third century a.d.

Cultural unification of the Hualhuas area first came with the imperial Wari empire, which founded the city of Huarivilica in 600 a.d. Artistic influence on the Wari empire was diverse and wide-spread. Archeologist have found designs tracing from the Tiwanaku people in Bolivia to the Nazca people on the southern coast of Peru. The set of images and practices that developed during this time would be passed to the Inca Empire, through the colonial period, all the way to the present day. The Wari empire lasted four hundred years, three times longer than the Incas, and when it fell in 1000 a.d. the 70 tribes in the Mantaro Valley Region came together as the Huanca nation. Many consider this the cultural roots of the central highland.

By 1460, the Incan empire had absorbed the Huanca culture, and shortly after in 1591, were overthrown by the Spanish conquistadors. European technology was introduced during this time, including the puchka, madejadora, and hilador, used in the process of turning wool to yarn. In 1853, the year before independence, the wooden telar with strings and pedals for creating higher-quality weaving was introduced to the region, a technology that has become central to the production of tapestries today.

No one culture can claim the history of Peru. Today we can see the great assimilation of ideas and history in the alpaca weaving of Hualhuas.

 
Antonio Caceres is the fourth generation of his family to weave, but the first to master natural dying. He is considered an expert in his field...read more and find products
Aurelia Meza Colonia
Aurelia Meza Colonia has lived in Hualhuas all of her life. She began work as a seamstress, making bedsheets out of sheep's wool with her mother...read more and find products
Faustino Maldonado
Faustino Maldonado was born in Hualhuas. He learned his craft, like so many artisans, from his father, on rustic looms...read more and find products
Francisco Rojas Aroni
Francisco Rojas is a natural dyer. He uses flowers, bushes, trees and insects for the vivid colors on his products...read more and find products
Gabbler Maldonado
Gabbler Maldonado Lazo began to work with carpets around the age of sixteen because he was the son of an artisan and was inspired by and curious of his family´s work...
Victor Ingaroka
Victor Ingaroca Tupacyupanqui was born in the province of Hualhuas-Huancayo. Although he learned the art of weaving from his grandparents and mother, he claims...read more and find products
 
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Alpaca Hat
Alpaca Hat
By Aurelia Meza
$52.00

Alpaca Pillow Cover
Alpaca Pillow Cover
by Antonio Caceres
$70.00

Alpaca Poncho (Hoodless)
Alpaca Poncho (Hoodless)
by Faustino Maldonado
$180.00


Alpaca Poncho (With Hood)
Alpaca Poncho (With Hood)
by Faustino Maldonado
$225.00

Alpaca Scarf
Alpaca Scarf
By Aurelia Meza
$51.00

Andean Bag (A)
Andean Bag (A)
by Faustino Maldonado
$65.00


Andean Bag (B)
Andean Bag (B)
by Faustino Maldonado
$60.00

Baby's Manta (A)
Baby's Manta (A)
by Victor Ingaroka
$66.00

Baby's Manta (B)
Baby's Manta (B)
by Victor Ingaroka
$66.00


Bed Footer "Arte Moderna"
Bed Footer "Arte Moderna"
by Victor Ingaroka
$87.00

Bed Footer "Blocks" (Double Sided)
Bed Footer "Blocks" (Double Sided)
by Victor Ingaroka
$102.00

Bed Footer "Butterfly"
Bed Footer "Butterfly"
by Victor Ingaroka
$65.00


Bolso de Alpaca
Bolso de Alpaca
By Aurelia Meza
$52.00

Chaleco de Oveja
Chaleco de Oveja
By Aurelia Meza
$80.00

Chalina Elegante
Chalina Elegante
by Antonio Caceres
$35.00


Chavin Gods
Chavin Gods
by Victor Ingaroka
$680.00

Chullo de Alpaca
Chullo de Alpaca
By Aurelia Meza
$52.00

Cubrecama de Alpaca
Cubrecama de Alpaca
By Aurelia Meza
$220.00


Cubrecama de Oveja
Cubrecama de Oveja
By Aurelia Meza
$220.00

Decorative Manta
Decorative Manta
by Antonio Caceres
$131.00

Decorative Tarnis
Decorative Tarnis
by Antonio Caceres
$102.00


Fine Scarf
Fine Scarf
by Victor Ingaroka
$35.00

Large Women's Handbag (A)
Large Women's Handbag (A)
by Faustino Maldonado
$75.00

Large Women's Handbag (B)
Large Women's Handbag (B)
by Faustino Maldonado
$90.00


Large Women's Handbag (C)
Large Women's Handbag (C)
by Faustino Maldonado
$65.00

Manta
Manta
By Aurelia Meza
$218.00

Manta de Viaje
Manta de Viaje
by Victor Ingaroka
$75.00


Napkin Set
Napkin Set

$75.00

Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Blue)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Blue)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$105.00

Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Brown)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Brown)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00


Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Green)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Green)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00

Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Orange)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Orange)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00

Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Red)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Red)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00


Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Yellow)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Yellow)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00

Open Front Alpaca Poncho
Open Front Alpaca Poncho
by Faustino Maldonado
$165.00

Pantera Cartera
Pantera Cartera
By Aurelia Meza
$246.00


Pillowcase "Angles"
Pillowcase "Angles"
by Victor Ingaroka
$46.00

Pillowcase "Blocks"
Pillowcase "Blocks"
by Victor Ingaroka
$60.00

Pillowcase "Stripes"
Pillowcase "Stripes"
by Victor Ingaroka
$30.00


Pillowcovers de Oveja
Pillowcovers de Oveja
By Aurelia Meza
$38.00

Poncho de Alpaca
Poncho de Alpaca
By Aurelia Meza
$135.00

Poncho Embastido
Poncho Embastido
by Victor Ingaroka
$50.00


Rainbow Bedcover
Rainbow Bedcover
by Victor Ingaroka
$280.00

Shawl
Shawl
by Rocio Neyra
$110.00

Shawl "Fine"
Shawl "Fine"
by Victor Ingaroka
$62.00


Shawl "Heavy"
Shawl "Heavy"
by Victor Ingaroka
$95.00

Small Alpaca Bag
Small Alpaca Bag
by Faustino Maldonado
$65.00

Small Pillow Cover
Small Pillow Cover
by Antonio Caceres
$63.00


Sweater
Sweater
by Rocio Neyra
$135.00

Table Set
Table Set
by Victor Ingaroka
$125.00

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