Coca Bags (Chuspas)

Ceremonial chuspaPaqos and traditional Q’ero use the ceremonial ch’uspa, a special fur bag made of an alpaca that was miscarried or stillborn. It is used for carrying ceremonial objects, and they keep it wrapped in a carrying cloth. Coca leaves are carried in the same bundle.

Woven chuspas:  A Q’ero man wears a woven bag across his chest filled with coca leaves, and inner coca cloth, and ritual items. A Q’ero woman usually puts her coca in a small strapless bag and tucks it into her waistband. A girl usually weaves the small coca bag as her first weaving project.

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