The textile is soft with an overall balance of natural colors of alpaca fibers that evoke a feeling of the peace of the Andes. Potato sacks are essential to the cycle of agriculture in Q’eros. During the potato harvest, they are filled with freshly dug potatoes and tied onto the backs of llamas with alpaca fiber braided ropes. The llamas then cross ridges and steep mountainsides to the farmer’s village, where the potatoes are stored in a stone hut to sustain the family for the coming year. FUN FACT: the average number of potatoes consumed by each person each day: 40. A family of 5 consumes 200 potatoes each day x 365 days = 14,600 potatoes per household per year!!! This potato sack is 35 x 48 inches. 89 x 46 cm. NOTE: photo shows a worn spot resulting from transporting potatos on the backs of llamas.
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.