On 15 November a group of craftswomen in the Peruvian Andes created a 288.55 m² tapestry by hand to break a Guinness World Records title and celebrate 101 years of Espinar.
The dozen women at the Planta de Fibra de Alpaca y Lana de Ovino de Pallpata diligently prepared the artwork during three months. Using ancient techniques, they turned over 250 kg raw wool into yarn until they had sewn together a truly impressive work of art.
They used a 16-metre-long loom to organize the strands, while weaving by hand to produce this enormous cloth.
This artisanship pays homage to Espinar culture and was made using high quality sheep’s wool, 90% of which was made using the Quechua technique known as Pushka (drop spindle). The colourful tapestry depicts traditional Cuzqueño imagery and clothing usually associated with K’ana dancers.
This Peruvian tapestry beat the previous record set in China with a piece of cloth measuring 276.41 m² and the organizers were presented a certificate by Adjudicator Natalia Ramírez.
Congratulations Espinar, you are Officially Amazing!