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Elder Guillerma Samata Machacca is one of the oldest members of the Q’ero Nation. She created this soft unkuna cloth much like the ancient Inkas, and you can see similar textiles in Peru’s museums of anthropology. Guillerma wove this ukuna under the protection of Apu Mama Rosa in her small village of Kiku (Quico) Q’ero Nation. The way she wove with natural alpaca fibers evoke a pure sense of peace. These unkuna or wayaka cloths are remarkably challenging to weave. In spite of their simplicity, they carry sacred importance to the Q’ero people. The people bundle sacred coca leaves in these traditional carry cloths. Women tuck them in their waist belts. Men carry them in their coca bags. They also use carry warm potatoes wrapped in these cloths when herding llamas and alpacas across the steep Andean mountainsides. 17 x 21.5 in. 43 x 55 cm. Your purchase includes a photo of Guillerma holding this textile.
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.