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Ceremonial Chullyo / Q’ero Hat


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Q’ero men work diligently to create these stunning ceremonial chullyos. First, the man will hand knit the colorful base hat using 5 curved knitting needles to create seven layers of sacred designs. The knitting stitches are memorized. Then the man adds beads in sacred patterns. Traditionally, when a man was courting a young woman, he would demonstrate his patience by carefully beading his chullyo. These magnificent hats are emblematic of the Q’ero culture. Each hat is individually knit and is one-of-a-kind. This particular hat is not fully beaded, so it is not as heavy as most. Snug fit as typical of the way the Q’ero men wear these hats.
Learn how your purchase helps the Q’ero people: Q’ero Life in the Andes: A Partnership.
To learn more about Q’ero weaving and watch them spin and weave, watch this brief video: Weaving in the Q’ero Nation.