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These unkuna or wayaka cloths are remarkably challenging to weave. In spite of their simplicity, they carry sacred importance to the Q’ero 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 use carry warm potatoes wrapped in these cloths when herding llamas and alpacas across the steep Andean mountainsides.
Vicentina Quispe Machacca, an elder in the Hapu Q’ero tribes, wove this of natural alpaca fiber with thin colorful bands on the edges in the traditional way. 25 x 22 in. 63 x 56 cm. Photo of the weaver is included with your purchase.
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.
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