What are Peruvian Frazadas?

Here at Picchu + Bold we use the word “frazada” a lot. So what does it mean?

“Frazada” literally means “blanket” in Spanish. Traditionally our Peruvian frazadas were created to protect against the frigid temperatures of the Andean high altitudes, but they have endless uses in modern décor and design. Each is handmade using centuries old Quechuan flat weaving techniques that date back to Pre-Inca times. 

The process begins by shearing the sheep or alpaca- these fibers are then hand-dyed with natural earth dyes from plants, bark, fruits, insects, or roots. Once dyed, the fibers are hand-spun before being hand-woven on a back-strap loom. The weaving starts out twice the length of the completed frazada, it’s then cut in half, and hand-sewn together in the middle with a whipstitch. The flat weaving technique also makes them reversible similar to kilim rugs. It takes an artisan 4-6 weeks to complete just one frazada.  

Frazadas are vibrant, luxuriously thick, and durable- yet soft.  Colors + design reflect the uniqueness of each artisan weaver, ensuring no two are alike.

Now that you know, don't miss checking out our unique collection of frazadas, frazada pillows, and frazada pouches + cases.