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This unusual manta cloth was woven with pure alpaca yarns and dyed with natural vegetal dyes. The wide soft mauve bands are dyed using the cochineal insect found on the leaf pads of the prickly pear cactus.
The stripes of natural alpaca tans and browns require a sophisticated weaving technique. Girls watch their mothers weave for years to memorize techniques until they are about 12 years old, a comoon age to produce their first coca bags.
Sacred symbols of half Inti diamonds convey the heart of Q’eros with the sun on the Apus. This manta has a soft feel and will take folding nicely. Colors are more muted than shown in the photos. Larger than most mesa cloths. 26 x 30 in. 66 x 76 cm.
Watch weavers at work creating exquisite textiles in their villages in this video.
Learn more about the Q’ero people and how your purchase helps lift them up.