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Four rows of sacred symbols express the Q’ero people’s intimate relationship with the earth and with all aspects of the natural and spiritual world. The colorful woven symbols represent “saqas tika” — the furrows, fields and flowering plants — in beautiful balance. This traditional style mesa reflects the sacred complementary duality as lived in the Andes of Peru. This traditional llikya / mesa cloth is in the classic style with four bands of complex Inti symbols of sacred light and sun. These symbols are like a visual poetry expressing the Q’ero people’s strong connection to Pachamama, the Apus, and all beings. Weaver Libia Samata Apasa of Hapu Grande knelt on the ground to lean over her loom for many days to produce this finely balanced and tight textile. 28 x 29 inches. 71 x 74 cm. Your purchase includes a photo Libia holding your mesa cloth in her home village of Hapu Grande at 12,600 feet in elevation. Her daughter is looking over her mother’s shoulder.
Each aspect of every textile expresses how the Q’ero people are integrated into the world of Pachamama — the agricultural fields, sunlight, air, water, skies, season — indeed, the universe. Each textile is a visual form of cultural narrative rich in symbols and imagery like woven poetry.
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.