This stunning mestana / misa cloth was woven in the style of decades ago. We cannot determine its year of origin, It appears to be vintage from pre-contact days decades ago. (See Hidden Threads of Peru: Q’Ero Textiles: Rowe, Anne Pollard, Cohen, John, Textile Museum (Washington, D. C.): 9781858941486: Amazon.com: Books or “Hidden Threads of Peru – Q’ero Textiles” by Anne Pollard Rowe and John Cohen – Weave a Real Peace) The sacred symbols feature Saqas Tika. All Q’ero weavings are like visual poetry that express the Q’ero people’s intimate and reciprocal relationship of AYNI with all elements of the universe. The black bands and deep maroon bands represent the uncultivated fields. 24 x 26 inches. 61 x 66 cm. This textile has been used by the weaver, and it shows in the worn edges and the dark areas. If you wish, you can clean it using Woolite or other gentle laundry soap. Machine wash on gentle cycle in cold water. Or wash by hand. Or preserve the years of personal history and the Q’ero soil still in the fibers.
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To learn more about Q’ero weaving and watch them spin and weave, watch this brief video: Weaving in the Q’ero Nation.