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Taken 19-May-12
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Weaver & Alpaca Lamb (Cria), Cusco Peru

Native Peruvian weaver and baby Alpaca, Picoago Hotel Courtyard, Cusco, Peru. Where the wool comes from and where it goes.
Alpaca’s are very similar, and often confused with llamas. Alpaca’s are in general a smaller than llama’s but their fur is much finer, softer, and in general is preferred for spinning, weaving, and the making of clothing. Alpaca’s were breed over thousands of years for their wool whereas llama’s were bred over a similar period of time as a pack animal. The alpaca hair is processed much like sheep wool. After sheering and cleaning it is spun into yarn and then dyed with rich colored natural pigments. The Peruvian people have become masters at weaving this Alpaca wool into beautiful and brightly colored fabrics for blankets and clothing.
This photo shows a native Peruvian woman with a baby (baby Alpaca’s are called “Cria”). She has already spun and dyed the wool and is now weaving it into a fabric that will be used for to make a blanket or clothing.
Canon EOS 7D, f/11 @ 96 mm, 1/200, ISO 400, No Flash

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Keywords:Adult, Animals, Artist, Craft Artist, Craft Making, Cusco, Cusco Region, Cuzco, Dan Hartford Photo, Domestic Animal, Domestic Terrestrial Mammal, Hand, Hotel Picoaga, Llama-Al Paca, Native People, People, People Working, Peru, Peruvian & Inca People, Peruvian Culture, South America, Weaver, Weaving, 7d002-#4374

Weaver & Alpaca Lamb (Cria), Cusco Peru