Soft Inner Cloth – Traditional Unkuna Form


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Q’ero elder Anita Machacca Samata created this unkuna of pure soft alpaca — in her old age (almost 90!) and even though she is blind from severe cataracts.  This traditional weaving style was at risk of being lost until westerners began buying them. In spite of their apparent simplicity, they are remarkable challenging These cloths carry sacred importance to the Q’ero people. They 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.  Your new inner cloth / Unkuna  is 16 x 12 inches.  41 x 31 cm.. It folds nicely and is very soft to touch.  Your purchase includes a photo of Anita holding a different 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.