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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Inspiration - Peru

Well I'm back! The secret destination turned out to be Peru and my husband had lined up an amazing series of activities and tours in an already-stunning country. My favourite parts were Cusco and the Urubamba Valley and, of course, Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas
The Quechua culture is still very strong in the Andean Mountains and there was a wealth of handcrafted products in the local styles. The rainbow was very important to the Incas and it is still represented on the Quechua flag and in the brightly-coloured textiles of the traditional clothing.
Quechua people selling traditional wares
Many precious metals and gemstones are also found in Peru so its hardly surprising that jewelry is readily available as well.
Handmade Peruvian Earrings from Piruugax
This style is typical - intricate designs with many wirework parts, a gemstone focal centre and lots of hammered dangles.
Handmade Peruvian Earrings from Piruugax
The curved section seen below the purple stone is also a common feature of Peruvian jewelry - several pieces of flat or twisted wire or sometimes chain, clamped side by side with flat metal strips.

As always for an inspiration topic, I made an Etsy treasury. Many of these items are from Peru, the others are in the same style or just fit the theme. I tried to find brightly coloured items but even so, this treasury doesn't quite represent the vibrance of true Peruvian crafts.

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