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Large 4 Square (Unkuna or Wayaka) Mesa Carry Cloth


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The four sections of this Unkuna  represent the Tiwantasuyu, the four regions of the Inca empire. In spite of their simple appearance, four-section unkunas are challenging to weave and take special skills. These unkunas carry sacred importance to the mountain people. They 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.

Rosa Gerillo Machacca is highly skilled for her young years to have completed such a nice Unkuna (wayaka) carry cloth. She lives in the Hapu Q’ero region, the most remote of all Q’ero villages. She wove this of natural alpaca fiber with thin colorful bands on the edges in the traditional way. 22 x 17.5 in.  56 x 44 cm.  Photo of Rosa holding this unkuna is included with your purchase.

Learn how your purchase helps Rosa and her village: 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.