The term Rimanku (ree-mahn-koo) which translates to "they speak" comes from the language of the Quechua people, the indigenous natives of the Andes, descendants of the Incas.Our textiles are crafted from a blend of sheep, llama and alpaca wool. They are sheared from farm raised animals that live off the land in the southeastern Peruvian Andes. The wool is then hand spun, plied and dyed from local flora and fauna; indigenous plants, minerals, flowers, and insects.
Incan textiles are considered among the great wonders of antiquity. Woven textile art in Peru dates back to 8000 years BC, initially being crafted from plant fibers. Later, with domestication of south american camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas, guanacos) and extraction of wool, textiles take a connotation of domestic need.
Textile art reached a peak in value within Incan culture (2000 BC) No longer considered items soley for pragmatic use but relics of power and exaltation connoting religious symbolism and used for ceremonial purposes. Textile art was capable of transmitting the “cosmovision” of the Andean world from generation to generation.
The arrival of the Spanish conquistadors led to the destruction of an ancient culture. Though, fortunately the Incan textile tradition still continues today, unfolding in different rural locations of the Andes, in the same harmonious and colorful styling representative of Andean life in modern day Peru.
We work side by side with OIKOS. A nonprofit organization that develops programs for the sustainable use of natural resources. By buying our products you are helping protect the bio-diversity and environmental health of the indigenous regions of Peru.