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This traditional mesa cloth was woven in the classic style with four large bands of sacred Inkarri represented by Ch’unchu figures. The Ch’unchu symbols express the Q’ero people’s belief in the coming return of Inkarri (great Inka leader) and the resurgence of the greatness of the descendants of the Inka people. 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. Weaver Martina Huaman Apasa of Hapu Grande village knelt on the ground, leaning over her loom, for many days to produce this finely balanced classic textile. 29 x 28 inches. 74 x 71 cm. NOTE: Colors are softer and more subdued than appear in the photos.
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