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Small Inkuna Inner Cloth


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Julia Quispe Huillca created this unkuna cloth much like the ancient Inkas, and you can see similar textiles in Peru’s museums of anthropology. Julia wove this ukuna under the protection of Apu Mama Rosa in her small village of Quico. A photo of her holding the weaving is included with purchase. 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 and despacho items 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. 15  x 15 in.  38x 38 cm.   Your purchase includes a photo of Julia holding your new textile.
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.