Frazada - Uyuni
Made by Bolivia Fair Trade
We hand-picked a selection of one-of-a-kind frazadas just for you! Traditionally used to protect against the high-altitude cold, these Bolivian textiles have been hand-woven in the Andes since pre-Hispanic times. Brighten up your home with a frazada by throwing it over a couch, using it as a rug, or placing it at the foot of your bed.
Handwoven Vintage Bolivian Frazada Blanket, Fair Trade | Pink & BlackAsk us a question
- Approximately 50" x 60"
- Please note: although these are incredibly durable, this is a vintage textile and thus has some signs of use.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
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Bolivia Fair Trade
Bolivia Fair Trade supports artisan groups, cooperatives, small businesses and entrepreneurial initiatives in Bolivia and helps them bring their products to market. They are committed to fair trade and improving the living conditions for the people in Bolivia. They help each artisan by providing technical assistance and quality control during production and ensuring healthy and safe working conditions.
These heavy textiles, called frazadas, have been handmade by Aymara women in the Andean region of Bolivia since pre-Hispanic times. The frazada’s vibrant colors and bold patterns provide a stark contrast with the harsh elements of the upper Andes that surround the Aymara people. Their thick weave has made them an essential protection from the high-altitude cold for generations. Bolivian families use frazadas as blankets, throws, rugs, tablecloths or picnic blankets.
Though important in the daily life of the Aymara, the significance of the frazada goes beyond the practical. The patterns woven into the thick alpaca wool signify the local identity, lineage, and imagination of the talented artisan who made it. Artisans color the wool with natural dyes, then weave the fabric on a handloom. Frazadas are woven in two separate parts, then sewn together with a central seam. Each artisan practices different weaving techniques, making every frazada unique.
With over 62 percent of the population claiming indigenous heritage, Bolivia is home to the largest indigenous population in Latin America. Bolivia is the reflection of a past that is rich in rituals, traditions, and its culture, which is a mix and match of various races and full- blooded indigenous, including Aymará, Quechua, Guaraní and over 30 other ethnic groups.
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