When traveling to Cuzco and Machu Picchu in Peru, many visitors make their way to Pisac and their famous market. This is one of those places where bringing an empty suitcase on your trip will serve you well. Filled to the brim are countless booths of Peruvian textiles that are sewn into a large variety of items. Socks, scarves, hats, sweaters, table coverings, pillow cases, well you get the idea.
These textiles originally were dyed with colors created by nature. These hand-made textiles are authentic and show natural colors. The fabric used in these textiles are usually wool, Llama or Alpaca. Alpaca offers has a soft feel to it, similar to cashmere. The lesser quality fabric has a rougher feel to it.
Modern times have brought in brilliant colors, which are available throughout the market. These textiles are machine woven and are usually made of synthetic fabric. These tend to have a slippery feel to the fabric, indicating the synthetic nature of the fabric.
The quantity and selection of textiles at the Pisac market are truly mind-boggling. It is hard to decided what to buy from these jam-packed booths. So many choices, so little room in the suitcase.
Peruvian textiles always excite me with their vibrant and natural colors, and wonderful ways of self-expression. If you travel to Peru, bring an empty suitcase. Better yet ! Buy a traditionally woven handbag to bring your treasures home.