|Two Peruvian bands|
|Close up of blue band|
The white band is an unusual asymmetrical design.
If you want to try to weave your own, here are the details. I have made a graph of the pattern for the blue band. There are nine colours for the centre pattern on a border of blue.
Look at the chart carefully. Most of the coloured warp ends float over two picks. There are 14 picks for the pattern repeat. There are no background threads behind the pattern threads. All the warp ends are the same thickness. I used four ply sock yarn.
6 blue, 2 dark green, 2 medium green, 2 pale green, 1 yellow, 1 white, 2 pink, 2 medium pink, 2 red, 1 burgundy, 6 blue.
The weft is a double thread: the same as the blue edges of the band. I tried weaving with a single strand of the blue but the pattern becomes more compressed. Using a double thread for the weft makes the pattern elongated and nearer to the original.
Threading the heddle.
I had to devise my own way of weaving which took a little time. There may be a more efficient way of selecting the pattern threads but I will have to experiment with different methods to see which is best.
I have not yet made a graph for the white band. There are fewer pattern threads so the weaving should be more straightforward.
Here is my attempt at weaving this pattern. The colours of the wool are not identical to the original Peruvian band. I tried using a single weft yarn but the pattern did not elongate which is a feature of the Peruvian band. A double weft is much better although the selvedges are not as neat as I would have liked. I will need to practise with this technique.