In Sight: traditional Peruvian knitted chullos (hats)

In Sight: traditional Peruvian knitted chullos (hats)

Whilst visiting a supplier in Peru I came across a beautiful collection of chullos, an Andian style hat with earflaps. Traditionally they are made from alpaca, but today most of what you see at artisan markets is made from an acrylic blend that unsuspecting tourists buy thinking they are getting a good deal on a “baby alpaca” chullo. If only they knew the price of baby alpaca, they’d know for sure that it wasn’t the real deal!

Detail of traditional Peruvian knitted hat

The hats that I saw on display in the suppliers office were far superior to anything I saw in the tourist markets, not just for the quality of the yarn, but for the amount of detail and intricate hand work that went into making each one. They were incredibly fine that it was hard to believe they had been hand knitted. The complex geographic patterns used multiple colours and they were beautifully finished with a tiny scalloped edge.

Detail of traditional Peruvian knitted hatDetail of traditional Peruvian knitted hatDetail of traditional Peruvian knitted hat

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