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Unkuna or wayaka cloths are remarkably challenging to weave. In spite of their simplicity, they carry sacred importance to the Q’ero people. The people bundle sacred coca leaves in these traditional carry cloths. Women tuck them in their waist belts. Men carry them in their coca bags. They also carry warm potatoes wrapped in these cloths when herding llamas and alpacas across the steep Andean mountainsides. This precisely woven unkuna inner cloth with natural fibers evokes a pure sense of peace. 16 x 19 in. 41 x 48 cm. Your purchase includes a photo of the weaver’s husband holding your new inner cloth.
Watch the Journey of your textile. Tribal Store: Supporting Q’ero Culture
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.