Inkkas uses specially-designed textiles imported from all over Latin America that are traditional and 100% authentic and locally sourced and produced. Inkkas textiles are handmade, vegan and deeply connected to South America's history and culture. Colorful, stylish and beautiful, our unique colors & traditional patterns are part of an honorable South American culture that dates back centuries. Our cloth is associated with Quechua and Aymara cultures of the Andes region, which is where most of the fabrics are sourced from. This cloth typically features intercalated rhombuses and other figures with symbolic value.
History on Inca's Textiles
Inkkas shoes is proud of its long and rich connection to the beautiful textiles from South America. For thousands of years, the people of the Andes have passed on their knowledge of color dying using natural and organic materials. Today, textiles are often a mix of both natural and synthetic fibers combining old and new methods of dying.
Andean textiles are a sacred tradition passed down through the ages for thousands of years. The very first textiles were actually made out of cotton, however, as the technology and practice has advanced, the Andean people began including wool from Alpacas and llamas.
In these traditional communities, it is often the role of the women and children to take care of their flocks of sheep, llamas, or even alpacas. Once a year, the villagers shear their flock and collect the wool which is then used to make their beautiful textiles.
Today, most textiles are made with organic cotton and materials instead of wool. However, the textiles are almost identical to the very textiles that have been made for hundreds of years!
The design of the traditional textiles dates back many centuries and the colors, patterns and symbols all hold significant meaning. The patterns created look amazing but there is so much more to them then just simple design. The styles and patterns woven tell a complex and beautiful story often connected to nature, a feeling or even a particular story! Each weaver has a different personality and this will often express itself inside the work that he or she does. Flowers, animals and even people are all woven into these intricate textiles and, as time progresses, weavers have begun adding their own interpretations and designs into the the fabric.