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Soft Inner Cloth in Traditional Unkuna Form


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This traditional weaving style was at risk of being lost until westerners began buying them. In spite of their apparent simplicity, they are remarkable challenging These cloths 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.

You will treasure this pure alpaca unkuna created by Gregoria Sucle Apaza in her home village of Yanaruma in the Hapu Q’ero region of the Andes. 15.5 x 17 inches.  39.5 x 43 cm. A photo of Gregoria 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.