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Braided and woven from natural alpaca or llama fiber, with an opened slit cradle in the center into which to place a projectile (usually a piece of stone), the sling or huaraca is used as weapon, and also as belt. When used as a weapon, the projectile is placed in the pouch. Both ends are held by hand, then the sling is swung and one of the two cords is released. This frees the stone, tangent to the circle that the huaraca makes, to fly in a straight line. Depending how the arm is extended the stone piece can be thrown long distances. The sling ends are different. One is fringed, and the other has a closed round to put the finger and hold the punch when one of the two cords is released.