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The Chullyo hat is hand knit by Q’ero men, who use 5 curved knitting needles to create seven layers of sacred designs. The knitted hat has a long history in the Andes and provide a direct link from past to present. Knitting was introduced in Peru during Colonial times, but it has reached an unparalleled degree of artistry in the Andes, becoming the subject of many academic writings. While weaving is largely done by women, in many communities it is often the men who knit. Each hat is individually knit and is one-of-a-kind.
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.