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Natural baby alpaca hair colors evoke a sense of peace in this unkuna cloth with Four Directions of the Inka Empire. These unkuna or wayaka cloths are remarkably challenging to weave. In spite of their simplicity, they 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 to carry their coca. Men carry them in their coca bags. They also carry warm potatoes wrapped in these cloths when herding llamas and alpacas across the steep Andean mountainsides.. 16 x 16 inches. 41 x 41 cm.
Woven by outstanding weaver Remigia Salas Chura of Chuachua village in Q’eros. Your purchase includes a photo of Remigia with her family.
Watch the Journey of your textile. Tribal Store: Supporting Q’ero Culture
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.