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Young weaver Fortunata Phacsi Gerillo created this small mesa depicting plants in the growing fields on the slopes of the steep Andes Mountains. For the wide outer band, this young weaver used deep burgundy yarns with subtle stripes, which are challenging to weave. She selected cheerful colors to represent the flowing plants in the agricultural fields. Fortunata created this textile — a work of visual poetry — outside her stone house in Kiku (Quico), Q’eros, at 12,000 feet in elevation under the caring gaze of the Apus. Ths mesa is smaller than most, folds nicely, and could serve as a travel mesa or alter cloth. 24.5 x 19.5 inches. 62 x 49 cm. Your purchase includes a photo of Fortunata holding your new mesa.
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To learn more about Q’ero weaving and watch them spin and weave, watch this brief video: Weaving in the Q’ero Nation.