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How To Install Aquila Red Series Strings Correctly & Avoid Snapping

Aquila Red Series Installation Guide

Aquila Red Series strings are a highly complex, patented composition of Nylgut combined with copper powder designed to increase the density of the string to around twice that of standard Nylgut.

In doing so, a string of higher density can be produced without having to increase the string gauge, resulting in a brighter, more powerful sound with greatly improved response across the full range of the fretboard.
Aquila Corde Armoniche

Everyone agrees that Aquila Red Series strings sound absolutely amazing and are un-comparable to any other string, however, great care must be taken when fitting Red Series strings to your ukulele or timeless banjo, as incorrect installation can lead to problems with string snapping.

To help our customers appreciate the wonderful sound properties of Aquila Red Series, please watch the video below as Mimmo Peruffo shows us the correct way to fit Aquila Red Series strings to a ukulele and how best to avoid problems.

Most Common Mistakes Made Fitting Aquila Red Series Strings

Tuning to the Wrong Pitch

Many people are used to seeing the thicker wound strings on their ukuleles and so when viewing Red Series ‘un-wound’ strings for the first time, for example a Low G, the fact they are so thin means people often tune them up too far assuming they are for a higher octave, i.e  high G.

In the same manner, some beginners also tune their ukuleles too low.

Make sure you have a tuner available and that you understand exactly which octave you are tuning to. There are lots of videos on You Tube that show the correct pitch of many different types of ukulele tuning. You can use these as references to tune your own uke to.

Keep Strings Away From The Nut When Tuning

The grooves or slots on the nut of the ukulele often have sharp edges or can be a little too narrow. This may not have affected your old, less responsive strings, but the complex make up of Aquila Red Series means they must be treated with respect and should not be passed through imperfect grooves, causing rubbing against the nut.

Nut grooves and edges should be sanded with fine grit or emery paper to ensure they are completely smooth and the slots should be wide enough not to place excess strain on the string.

While tuning the ukulele up to correct pitch, the string must be held just above the nut, keeping it away from the grooves while it is brought up to tension.

This ensures the string does not catch in the groove and is stretched evenly across it’s length.

Only drop the string back into the nut slot when the string is near correct tuning pitch.

Stretch Gently

Once the strings have been installed on your instrument, they must be stretched very gently by pulling them away from the fretboard in a gentle manner.

Many musicians like to pull hard on strings while stretching them in to achieve faster stability and quicker tuning. Please do not do this.

Users must understand, Red Series strings are a high tech product and should not be treated in the same way as other strings.

Tuning Pegs

The angle through which the string enters the tuning peg hole is quite sharp and as the peg rotates, the tension at that point can act like a knife against the string. Ensure you allow the string enough slack to make a few turns of the peg (as Mimmo shows in the video above) so as to avoid concentrating all the tension in one spot.

Follow the tips above to enjoy the full benefits of Aquila Red Series and never snap a string again.

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Red Series Strings

Aquila Corde Armoniche

Andean Wool Slippers – Felt Slipper Boots

Brought to you by the artisans of Bolivia and fashioned from 100% pure Andean wool using traditional age old felting techniques, our handmade slippers are guaranteed to be some of the warmest footwear you will ever wear.

Created in a wide variety of styles these Andean slipper boots each have their own unique characteristics, meaning you will never find two pairs the same.

Purchased at a fair trade directly from our artisans in La Paz, our felt slipper boots are noted for their warmth and comfort and are incredibly popular across all age groups for men and women.

Some of our most popular boots include our jester, flower and multi-coloured styles.

All our slippers feature a suede sole for extra comfort and grip.

Slipper boots featuring colourful flower designs.

Sizing Your Slippers

When choosing your slipper boots, please note the size listed in the product title and accompanying bullet points.

All our slippers are personally sized and should comfortably fit the size stated, however some of our listings are shown as being suitable for two sizes e.g. 9 to 10.

In these cases, the slippers should comfortably fit the larger size ( 10 ) and may also be considered to be a looser fit for the smaller size ( 9 ), leaving plenty of room to move around in.

Please consider whether you prefer ‘snug’ or ‘loose  fitting’ slippers when choosing your size.

Multi-Coloured Slipper Boots

 

Due to their handmade nature, every pair will differ to some extent regarding their length width and height, so even those listed as a similar size may have slightly different inside measurements from the next.

If you find your chosen size is a reasonably good fit but not quite 100% perfect when you receive them, please remember they are made of wool which does offer some leeway and will adjust once they have been worn in a little.


Patterned Slippers

 

Buyers are always protected by our 100% satisfaction guarantee and are welcome to return their slippers for a full refund or to try another size (providing the slippers are returned in their original condition).

Please ensure when testing your boots for size, the suede soles are protected from wear or staining from indoor floors and surfaces.

Please view our slippers category below for our current selection.

Handmade Andean Felt Slipper Boots

Welcome To Original Artisan

Welcome to Original Artisan, a unique webshop blog that brings the best of the Bolivia straight to your door.

We’re going to be bringing you great products direct from the continent of South America, including some amazing stuff from the world’s highest capital city – La Paz and lots of handmade goods from the indigenous tribes living high in the mountains of the Andes.

Pomperape and Parinacota

The Payachatas – Twin Volcanoes of Bolivia

Everything you see on this site is sourced directly from local artisans and bought at a fair trade and price defined by the skilled craftsmen and women who create them.

They are sourced by my own family who have been living, working and trading with the South American people for over twenty years and have the knowledge and experience to select the best and most charismatic pieces for our readers.

The idea of this blog is to create more of a personal sales experience for our viewers and we really do urge anyone interested in our products to contact us if they have any queries or would like more information on an item.

Also, if there are any products that you are interested in that are not featured on this website and originate from countries in South America such as Bolivia, Columbia or Peru etc. then feel free to contact us and we will do our very best to get hold of them for you.

This site is constantly expanding and our product list and featured posts depicting life in Bolivia are updated on a daily basis. We hope to be bringing you lots of stories, videos and photographs that bring our visitors closer to the artisans, their communities and their daily lives and events that combine to create the colourful products you see on our pages. Stay tuned for some amazing stories, goods and great bargains coming this way..

..and remember, everything you see here is created by an Original Artisan.

Original Artisan

Charazani

Chazarani

The women from Charazani meet for a comunitary reunion in Curva.

Vegetable Ivory – Tagua Nut

Vegetable ivory comes from a few species of tropical plants native to the Amazonian rainforests of South America. The most important source is the plant known as the ivory-nut palm i.e Phytelephas Aequatorialis.

Phytelephas meaning ‘Elephant Plant’.
Aequatorialis relating to the equatorial regions native to the plant.

The Ivory Nut Palm

The Ivory Nut Palm

Bearing large clusters of fruits that contain special ivory like seeds known as Tagua nuts, these palms grow along the banks of rivers along the Amazonian basin through Colombia, Bolivia and Peru.

These seeds are almost identical in colour, texture and hardness to elephant ivory and are carved in a similar fashion, providing a perfect alternative to the slaughter of elephants for their tusks.

Vegetable ivory is a wonderful, sustainable, natural resource and it’s export and use in the making of jewellery, carvings and countless other beautiful artifacts helps boost the economies of it’s native countries. It also provides a good alternative to the destruction of rainforests and animals for illegal or unsustainable produce.

The Tagua Nut

The Tagua Nut

This palm is leading the way in the battle to save it’s natural jungle habitat as more areas of forest are preserved in order produce more of this wonderful material.

Vegetable ivory is not only beautiful, but an extremely important sustainable alternative to elephant ivory and is making a huge contribution to the welfare and environment of the Amazonian Basin and it’s people.

When you purchase an item of jewellery from Original Artisan made from vegetable ivory, you can be confident that what you are wearing is about as ethical and sustainable as you can get.

Take a look at our wide range of bracelets, necklaces and earrings made from Tagua and various other beautiful Amazonian seeds and materials. We also feature some amazing vegetable ivory keyrings and other accessories.

Our jewellery section is relatively new and will be expanding on a daily basis. Please check back every few days to see what’s new.

Mount Illimani

Mount Illimani

Mount Illimani is Bolivia’s second highest mountain. It’s beautiful, permanently snow covered peaks dominate the skyline of the world’s highest capital city – La Paz. Standing at 6438 metres above sea level, it is the highest peak in the range of mountains known as the Cordillera Real.

Although not being graded as an exceptionally difficult peak, Mt. Illimani is a favourite destination for climbers and expeditions from all around the world. Reaching the summit is challenging and with the help of local guides should take the average climber around four days.

The Death Road

The North Yungus Road runs from La Paz to Coroico, connecting the Yungus (the Amazon Rainforest region of North Bolivia) to the world’s highest capital city La Paz, ascending over 15 000 feet to La Cumbre pass before plummeting down deadly narrow mountain roads, barely 3 metres wide to only 3900 ft above sea level.

The Road of Death


Descending through Bolivia’s beautiful mountain terrain, winding through hilltops and cliffsides with no safety barriers to protect travelling vehicles from vast 2000 ft roadside drops, it is little wonder the treacherous path claims the lives of hundreds of victims a year and is officially known as the ‘world’s most dangerous road’.

Although the rest of Bolivia drives on the right hand side, the road to Coroico has it’s own rules. Vehicles must drive on the left side of the road, allowing ascending drivers more visibility from their left hand drive vehicles.

Those descending gain safety and right of way on the inside, whilst those ascending the mountain carefully inch their way past oncoming vehicles, staring down the mountain’s edge as they struggle to avoid the treacherous canyons below.

The North Yungus, also more pleasantly known as Grove’s Road has a sister causeway, Chulumani Road (South Yungus Road) connecting La Paz to Chulumani, which is almost as deadly.

Thankfully, the most treacherous section of the infamous road of death has now been modernised with a new route bypassing one of the most dangerous stretches, resulting in less traffic frequenting the old road.

Every year this infamous tourist destination attracts tens of thousands of hikers and sightseers, all aiming to view the wondrous sights and viewpoints along it’s path.

The Death Road

With more thrill seekers, mountain bikers and downhill enthusiasts seeking to take on the excitement and dangers of the Road of Death, as it’s popularity increases, so do the number of crosses that line it’s path.

Quena Flute – Kena

Woodwind Instruments

If you are looking to buy a professional Andean quena flute, or kena as they are often known in the Western world – Original Artisan has one of the widest and most successful ranges available and we’ve been shipping our top class handmade, fairtrade quena and quenacho flutes to hundreds of satisfied customers around the world since we began trading almost two years ago.

Wooden Quena Flute – Wayacan (Guayacan)

The Andean quena or kena flute has for generations been one of South America’s most highly revered instruments, regarded as sacred in times past, the quena still plays a significant role in the events and everyday lives of the Andean people.

Used in religious ceremony, family occasions, weddings and celebrations across South America and in many countries around the world, this remarkable yet simple wooden flute symbolises the true vibrant nature of the people of the Andes.

Achieving almost mythical status throughout the history of the Indian tribes, the quena is today proving to be even more popular with modern day musicians and enthusiasts than ever before.

Held in high regard and increasingly used in film making by directors and composers such as Tony Hinnigan and Gustavo Santaolalla, for classic films such as Braveheart & Brokeback Mountain, it is easy to see why this beautiful wooden flute has become so popular.

Aymara Jacaranda Quena Flute

As the western world familiarises itself with cultures past and modern technology and the internet brings the music and cultures of the world closer together, the wooden quena flute remains one of the most haunting yet beautiful sounds of the Andes, symbolising the colourful lives and struggles of the indigenous tribes people of South America.

Sought after by professional and amateur musicians alike, the quena is an ideal instrument for anyone looking to venture into the world of woodwind instruments.

The Andean quena flute has either 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other beautiful South American woods such as Jacaranda and Wayacan.

Tweaked Jacaranda Quena

 

All the woodwind instruments sold on this site are of excellent quality and should not be confused with other South American souvenir type tourist flutes which are manufactured on mass with no attention to sound quality and tuning.

Original Artisan’s luthiers are highly regarded craftsman and expert musicians in their own right, each having a lifetime’s experience in making these wonderful woodwind instruments.

Personally selected by my family in Bolivia who have the advantage of local knowledge and the expertise of more than three generations in local business, our unique family ties enable me to select the best pieces from across the globe to present to you here on Original Artisan .

Bone Quena with Reinforced Metal Mouth Piece


Unlike many ordinary sites, we are in constant contact with our luthiers, providing them with valuable customer feedback, enabling us to source and create instruments specifically tailored for our customers’ needs.

We do our best to provide a truly personal service, one you’ll find no where else on the internet.

Take a look at some of my customer reviews to see just why your buying experience with us, will be the best you’ve had by far.

REVIEWS

Satisfaction Guarantee

If you purchase a quena flute, quenacho, zampona or any instrument from Original Artisan and are not entirely satisfied with your purchase, you are always completely covered by my own personal satisfaction guarantee and can be assured that your issues, no matter how small will be dealt with personally by me.

What ever it takes, I’ll do my best to make sure your visit has a happy outcome.

Out of stock ? – No problem

If you find we are out of stock for the particular quena flute you are looking for, don’t worry, Original Artisan has regular shipments of all our current flutes on offer and we are often only a few days away from a new shipment arriving.

Simply email me or contact us using this sites’ contact page and your flute can be reserved free of charge and you will be notified as soon as our stock comes in. I’ll always be close by to take your request and get back to you as soon as possible. Often I respond to enquiries within minutes, or if I’m not immediately available, within a few hours at the latest.

Looking for Something Different ?

Bone & Ebony Quena

If you are looking for something different or have in mind a style of quena flute (or any other instrument) that we do not have listed, I will be happy to source that product for you at no extra cost. The price you pay for personal or special orders will be exactly the same price as our customers would pay if the product was already available or in stock.

Original Artisan has had many customers in the past that have requested items that have essentially enhanced our product range and become popular with our clients. So if you think our product line could be enhanced by something you are looking for, just drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do.

It may take a while to source, select or have your product made and shipped to here in the U.K, but as many satisfied customers will vouch for us – we always get there in the end.

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Buy a Quena Flute

Bamboo Quena Flute

If you are looking to buy a quena flute and you’d like some advice on which of our range would be most suited to you, then take a look at my guide below.

Quena Buying Guide

1. Professional Aymara Quena – Jacaranda Wood

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Jacaranda with Case

These quenas are our extremely popular and beautiful Aymara Jacaranda range. An excellent quena for beginners to expert at a very reasonable price. You can’t go wrong with one of these.

2. Professional Aymara Quena – Wayacan Wood

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena Flute – Wayacan (Guayacan) with Case

Another excellent quena, made from slightly heavier Wayacan green wood. Perfect for all levels of play, right through to expert. Slightly more expensive than the Jacaranda, but worth it. One of my happy customers described this flute as having ‘a beautiful balmy smell’.

3.Concert ‘Tweaked’ Aymara Jacaranda Quena

Aymara Tweaked Concert Quena – Kena Flute – Jacaranda with Deluxe Case

Specifically ‘tweaked’ by the producers to ensure they are exceptional instruments and perform to the highest possible standard. Intermediate and advanced players should definitely go for one of these concert tweaked quenas. Lovely to play – a beautiful, yet perfect instrument at an excellent price.

Concert Tweaked Quena Flute

4. Professional Bamboo Quena

Unvarnished Tweaked Concert Quena – Kena Flute – Bamboo – Deluxe Case

Tweaked, untweaked and varnished versions of this excellent bamboo quena available. Many musicians seek the softer tones of the bamboo quena and we have many types available, all operating to a high standard.

5. Walata Concert Bamboo Quena

Walata Concert Tweaked Quena – Kena Flute – Bamboo with Case

The Walata quena is one of the most beautiful, rustic, raw and natural looking quenas we have. Challenging the intermediate to advanced player to pursue new heights of play whilst sampling the delights of this wonderful flute. More expensive than my other bamboo quenas, their creator explains that these, his best bamboo flutes are thicker and slightly harder to play than most and best suited for moderate or advanced players.

6. Bone & Ebony Concert Quena

Bone Quena – Kena – Professional Andean Flute w. Ebony Mouth Piece

Those looking for something really special should go for one of my bone and Ebony quenas. Exceptional response and an incredible sounding quena. These have a really nice weight to them and are a real treasure to have.

Although only an opinion, one of my regular customers who is a very experienced quena player described this flute as

‘…The bone Quena sounds like a high-end Shakuhachi and I can easily find at least 3 octaves. Just a great Flute! I have 28 Flutes, some very expensive ones, and I must say that this bone Quena is absolutely THE BEST!’

Bone & Ebony Quena Flute

7. Bone & Metal Concert Quena

Bone Quena – Kena – Professional Andean Flute w. Metal Mouth Piece

Same as the bone and Ebony quenas but with reinforcing metal mouth and end pieces. A stunning quena for your collection. Although these bone quenas are more expensive than the wood or bamboo flutes, their beauty alone, more than makes up for it.

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to view my quena page. Have a look around my site and check out my woodwind category where you’ll be able to view all my flutes available in one place, including the larger and more deeper sounding quenacho, along with some excellent professional pan pipes and zamponas.

If anything you are interested in is out of stock, be sure to contact me and you may find I still have some available or coming in very soon.

If you need to know any more information about these quena flutes or anything else on Original Artisan, feel free to get in touch using this site’s contact page.

Thanks.

Original Artisan

Kier

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Aymara Tweaked Carved Eagle – Concert Quena – Kena – Flute

Aymara Tweaked Carved Eagle – Concert Quena – Kena – Flute

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Concert Tweaked Jacaranda Quena Flute with Carved Eagle

This flute features an eagle hand carved into the side of the flute and has been specifically 'tweaked' to ensure it plays exceptionally well and performs to the highest standard.

Tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £69.99
P&P: £3.99
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Aymara Tweaked Carved Face 1 – Concert Quena – Kena – Flute

Aymara Tweaked Carved Face 1 – Concert Quena – Kena – Flute

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Concert Tweaked Jacaranda Quena Flute with Carved Face

This flute features a tribal face hand carved into the side of the flute and has been specifically 'tweaked' to ensure it plays exceptionally well and performs to the highest standard.

Tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £69.99
P&P: £3.99
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Aymara Tweaked Carved Face 2 – Concert Quena – Kena – Flute

Aymara Tweaked Carved Face 2 – Concert Quena – Kena – Flute

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Concert Tweaked Jacaranda Quena Flute with Carved Face

This flute features a tribal face hand carved into the side of the flute and has been specifically 'tweaked' to ensure it plays exceptionally well and performs to the highest standard.

Tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £69.99
P&P: £3.99
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Aymara Tweaked Concert Quena – Kena Flute – Jacaranda with Deluxe Case

Aymara Tweaked Concert Quena – Kena Flute – Jacaranda with Deluxe Case

Concert Tweaked Jacaranda Quena Flute

All the flutes sold on Original Artisan are professional instruments, but these particular flutes have been specifically 'tweaked' by the producers to ensure they play exceptionally well and perform to the highest standard.

These flutes are for the quena connoisseur or the flute perfectionist as you might say.

Hear one of these concert quenas being played.

As you can see, they are quite plain, stained dark and have no frills. A beautifully simple, yet perfect instrument.

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The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £54.99
P&P: £3.99
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Bone Quena – Kena – Professional Andean Flute w. Ebony Mouth Piece

Bone Quena – Kena – Professional Andean Flute w. Ebony Mouth Piece

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quena you see here is made from donkey bone with ebony mouth and end pieces, which serve to reinforce and strengthen the flute as well as add to it's beauty.

This flute was made by a professional Bolivian luthier who has been making these high quality instruments as his lifetime’s trade.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £99.99
P&P: £3.99
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Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Bone Mouthpiece – Jacaranda – 1

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Bone Mouthpiece – Jacaranda – 1

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America and features a solid bone mouthpiece.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Professional Jacaranda Quena Flute With Bone Mouthpiece

These flutes are of excellent quality and should not be confused with sub standard South American souvenir type flutes, fashioned for the tourist market.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £46.99
P&P: £3.99
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Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Guayacan – Wayacan Two Tone with Deluxe Case

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Guayacan – Wayacan Two Tone with Deluxe Case

These Guayacan quena (kena) flutes are of exactly the same nature as our usual Guayacan flutes but have interesting variations in the wood grain and colouring throughout the flute.

Usually these quenas are of a single greenish or brown tone where as the ones available in this listing are two toned with lighter patches and natural streaks which can be viewed in our gallery photos. Please note, these markings are purely natural variations in wood grain and do not affect the accuracy, tone or playability or playability of these flutes.

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The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan.

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Guayacan, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Professional Guayacan Quena Flute

These flutes are of excellent quality and should not be confused with sub standard South American souvenir type flutes, fashioned for the tourist market.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £45.99
P&P: £3.99
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Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Guayacan – Wayacan with Deluxe Case

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Guayacan – Wayacan with Deluxe Case

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Guayacan, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Professional Guayacan Quena Flute

These flutes are of excellent quality and should not be confused with sub standard South American souvenir type flutes, fashioned for the tourist market.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £45.99
P&P: £3.99
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Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Jacaranda with Deluxe Case

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Jacaranda with Deluxe Case

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Professional Jacaranda Quena Flute

These flutes are of excellent quality and should not be confused with sub standard South American souvenir type flutes, fashioned for the tourist market.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £42.99
P&P: £3.99
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Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Mother of Pearl & Jacaranda – 2

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Mother of Pearl & Jacaranda – 2

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Professional Jacaranda Quena Flute With Bone & Mother of Pearl

This flute is adorned with mother of pearl along it's length and has a bone notch at the mouthpiece.

These flutes are of excellent quality and should not be confused with sub standard South American souvenir type flutes, fashioned for the tourist market.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £69.99
P&P: £3.99
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Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Mother of Pearl & Jacaranda – 4

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Mother of Pearl & Jacaranda – 4

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Professional Jacaranda Quena Flute With Mother of Pearl

This flute is adorned with a mother of pearl design embedded into the wood, featuring the Andean cross at the notch end and further mother of pearl circles along it's length.

These flutes are of excellent quality and should not be confused with sub standard South American souvenir type flutes, fashioned for the tourist market.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £69.99
P&P: £3.99
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Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Mother of Pearl & Jacaranda – 5

Professional Aymara Quena – Kena – Flute – Mother of Pearl & Jacaranda – 5

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The professional quenas you see here are exceptional instruments made from Jacaranda, a beautiful wood native to South America.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

This flute was created by a professional Bolivian musician and luthier who has been making and playing these instruments in South America for over 30 years.

Professional Jacaranda Quena Flute With Mother of Pearl

This flute is adorned with a mother of pearl design embedded into the wood, featuring the Andean cross at the notch end and further mother of pearl circles along it's length.

These flutes are of excellent quality and should not be confused with sub standard South American souvenir type flutes, fashioned for the tourist market.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £69.99
P&P: £3.99
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Quena – Kena – Flute Covers – Deluxe

Quena – Kena – Flute Covers – Deluxe

Here we have a selection of our deluxe woven Quena covers.

Unlike standard flute covers, our cases have been especially made for Original Artisan to provide even better protection for our instruments. Featuring a thicker padded case and a beautiful inner lining, each has been individually hand made for your flute to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases will be shipped automatically and free of charge with every flute order. Styles and colours will be sent out at random and will vary depending on availability.

Colour Selection

If you have any preferences or dislikes regarding colour or style, please contact us using this site's contact pages or using the 'Additional Information' text entry box below.

You may also add notes as to any particular covers you do not wish to receive and I will endeavour to send you your preferred choice. If none are available, I will select a cover for you either at random or based on the extra information you supply.

 

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Walata Concert Tweaked Quena – Kena Flute – Bamboo with Deluxe Case

Walata Concert Tweaked Quena – Kena Flute – Bamboo with Deluxe Case

The Aymara quena (kena) is a traditional Andean flute commonly used in many areas of traditional Peruvian music. The quena produces an exceptionally beautiful sound and has been played by the indigenous tribes of South America and their ancestors for generations, once being revered as a sacred icon.

Although originating from the mountains of South America, the quena is a favourite of musicians and woodwind players all around the world.

Please view our quena samples page for demonstrations of some of our flutes being played.

These instruments are made from various materials including bamboo, bone and other rare woods such as Jacaranda and Guayacan (Wayacan).

They can have 4, 5 or 6 holes in the front, one at the back, and a u shaped notch at the mouth. The six hole quena has a musical span of 3 octaves.

The concert quenas you see here are superb instruments made from South American bamboo.

Take a look at our quena and woodwind categories to view more flutes and other instruments.

Concert Tweaked Bamboo Quena

All the flutes for sale on Original Artisan operate at high levels and these Walata flutes are no exception.

These have also been specifically 'tweaked' by the producers to ensure they perform to an expert standard.

These Walata bamboo quena flutes are thicker, more rustic and slightly harder to play than other types of bamboo quena. Suitable for the more experienced quena player, this Walata flute produces a more solid, sweeter sound than many of it's rivals.

Utilising skill and technique from a more experienced level to achieve new heights of play, the advanced flutist will gain a greater sense of pleasure from playing this flute than other more easily mastered flutes.

These bamboo quenas are unvarnished and have a beautifully rugged, rustic type look and a real sense of beauty about them.

These were created by a professional Bolivian luthier, centered in the heart of La Paz who is also a highly skilled musician. Like most of our other artisans, this luthier has been making and playing these instruments in South America for many years.

Concert tuned to the scale of Sol Major (G) / Mi minor (Em).

Measuring 14.75 inches long and 1 inch wide, each quena flute has it's own unique characteristics, showing differences in colour, grain and dressing.

Free Deluxe Quena Cover

This flute comes with a stunning deluxe woven case worth £9.99 absolutely free. Not to be confused with a standard cover, these have been especially made to provide even better protection for our instruments, with a high quality case lining and individually made to provide an extra snug fit.

Cases come in a wide variety of colours and styles and will be sent out at random. Please contact us if you have any particular colour preferences and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click here to view our quena covers and contact us with your preferences.

Price: £50.69
Price: £31.99
P&P: £3.99

Quena Flute Samples

Original Artisan aims to bring you the best Bolivia has to offer regarding quena flutes, quenachos and many other authentic professional Andean instruments.

We understand buying an instrument online can be tricky and making a purchase decision based purely on photos and text often isn’t enough to help find the right flute for your needs.

Thanks to the kindness of one of my clients from across the globe in Canada, we have some excellent samples of some of the Andean flutes sold here on Original Artisan, made with nothing more than a flute, a simple webcam and a song to help you find your ideal quena.

These first two flute samples are from one of my Mamani ‘tweaked’ Jacaranda quenas pictured below.

Mamani ‘Tweaked’ Jacaranda Concert Quena Flute

Click on the videos below to hear this flute being played.

The sound in the first half of these videos has not been enhanced in any way and was recorded at home using a basic webcam and nothing else. As you can hear, this Mamani concert quena has an amazing sound without the need for expensive mics, eq or effects.

Many songs, videos and quena demos found online are recorded professionally with added eq and effects such as reverb and delay to enhance that ‘mystical’ feeling produced by these instruments.

So to keep our demos in line with others on the web and to give you an idea of how our flutes sound in comparison, I have included some basic reverb in the last half of each sample, to give our vids that real ‘Spirit of the Andes’ touch you’ll be familiar with.

Tweaked Jacaranda Quena

Here’s another example of some fine quena playing by our mystery flutist.

If you would like to make a purchase or view this flute in more detail, please visit our concert quena’s page for gallery images and product description.

More Samples Coming Soon

Thanks for listening and if you like these samples, please show your thanks to our quena player via the comment box below.

Check out my quena flute page for details of many more andean quenas sold on this site, or view our woodwind section for zamponas, pan flutes and panpipes.

Alpaca Hats

Here on Original Artisan, our alpaca hats and gloves are handmade by Bolivian artisans, high in the mountains of the Andes. Fashioned from 100% pure alpaca wool, our alpaca hats are warm, stylish, hard wearing and unique.

Although relatively rare, alpaca wool is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after materials in the Western world for use in the creation of luxurious garments and winter wear. With over 80% of all alpaca fibres coming from the high regions of the Andes, it’s amazing properties outclass it’s woolen counterparts, meaning demand far outweighs the supply of this wonderful natural fibre.

Second only to silk for strength, alpaca is stronger, warmer, softer and much more durable than wool. Alpaca is also hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those who suffer from allergic reactions to normal wool.

Our pure alpaca hats are dyed with natural colours and hand knitted in small numbers by our ladies in La Paz.

Alpaca Hat

Alpaca Hat

With a range of alpaca hats available in a variety of styles featuring traditional patterns and vibrant colours, Original Artisan hopes to have a hat for everyone. Many of our alpaca hats are sewn with a fleece inner lining providing extra warmth and comfort.

Alpaca Hat

Alpaca Hat Sizes

All our alpaca hats are generally labelled ‘one size fits all’. Due to their handmade nature, each hat varies slightly in size from the next. Although sizes differ slightly, they stretch easily and will generally fit most medium sized adults and children.

If you try one of our hats and find it does not fit, just let us know and we will happily refund your purchase or do our best to find one suitable for your head size.Alpaca Hat

Providing exceptional warmth and comfort, the properties of alpaca outclass any similar woolen garment. Our alpaca range of hats consistently receive great feedback from our customers, along with our fantastic range of handmade gloves.

Kids Alpaca Hats

Our children’s selection of alpaca hats are especially cute. With a comfortable inner lining and also made from 100% pure alpaca wool.

Children's Alpaca HatClick here to visit our alpaca clothing category.

Featuring lots of handmade hats and gloves, scrarves, shawls and pashminas.

If you’d like to view more of our products, take a look at our extensive range of handmade woolen slippers and leather belts.