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This soft unkuna cloth is woven of natural alpaca hair colors that evoke a pure sense of peace. These unkuna or wayaka cloths are remarkably challenging to weave. In spite of their simplicity, they carry sacred importance to the Q’ero people. The people 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. Manuela Apaza Gerillo is a skilled weaver in the Hapu Q’ero region. She wove this unkuna of natural alpaca fiber in the traditional way. 15 x 14 in. 35 x 28 cm. Photo of Manuela’s husband holding this textile is included with your purchase. Manuela is pictured here holding a different textile. Manuela wove two of these as twins.
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.