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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 outer bands of complex symbols represent “saqas tika” — the furrows, fields and flowering plants — in beautiful balance. The symbols in the inner bands represent Inkarri, or Chunchu, who will return to earth and lift up the Andean people to their former greatness. This traditional style llikya / mesa cloth is in the classic style. The symbols are like a visual poetry expressing the Q’ero people’s strong connection to Pachamama, the Apus, and all beings. The wife of Justino Apasa Samata knelt on the ground to lean over her loom for many days to produce this finely balanced and tight textile. Their home is in the extremely remote village of Ccochamarka in Hapu Q’eros. 28 x 25.5 inches. 71 x 65 cm. Your purchase includes a photo the weaver’s husband, Justino, holding your new mesa cloth in their home village of Ccochamarka at 14,000 feet in elevation.
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.