Q’ero elder Luisa Machaca Champi created this bright mesa cloth / llikya with wide bands of soft mustard yellow and deep red to frame the bright symbols. This textile features four bands of Inti, the sacred sun and spiritual light. Every aspect of the textile reflects the relationship of the Q’ero people with Pachamama, the Apus, living beings, and the entire universe — a harmonious relationship of Ayni of mutual interdependence, connections, and reciprocity. The strong patterns of Inti (sacred Light and Sun) express sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight. Louisa knelt on the ground to lean over her loom over many weeks to produce this beautiful textile. 30 x 24 inches. 76 x 61 cm. Your purchase helps Louisa, her family, and her community build schools and improve food security – while supporting their beautiful culture.
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.