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Knitted Wool Mask - Waq'ollo - Rainbow Stripe


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Knitted Wool Mask - Waq'ollo - Rainbow Stripe

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Rainbow striped knit mask with contrasting eyebrows and face colors. Pulls over the head and has eye, nose and mouth openings. Masks, such as this one, are called waq'ollos in Quechua, a local Peruvian dialect. Primarily worn and seen during the Peruvian Festival of Qoyllur Riti, Lord of the Snow Star ceremonies, you can wear yours on the ski slopes or in the snowy cold outdoors. 13 inches long by 9.5 inches wide when measured flat. One size fits most. Your choice of solid face colors. Some of the mask's facial features, such as eyebrows, mustaches, and chin tufts, and placement of the rainbow color stripes, may vary slightly from those depicted. Made in Peru.

SKU: txh0049
  • Product Size:
  • 13" L x 9.5" W

Availability:In stock

  • Gold Face Gold Face
  • Purple Face Purple Face
  • Green Face Green Face
  • Black Face Black Face
  • White Face White Face
  • Magenta Face Magenta Face

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Qoyllur Rit’i, the annual sacred festival held in the high Andes Mountains of Peru at the foot of Mt. Ausangate, in the Valley of Sinakara, is probably the most important festival of the year. It combines a dangerous moonlit trek to what remains of a melting glacier in an ancient Andean ritual of renewal by sacred Apu waters with the Roman Catholic ritual of the Mass, celebrating the Lord of the Snow Star. The fiesta runs three days and nights without pause. It is an exhausting cacophony of noise, a riot of costume, and a spectacle of movement. Part of the festivities include dancing and dressing up as various mythological or historical figures each wearing their uniquely identified costumes. One of these groups, the Qollas, dress in this mask with a hat, a woven sling, and llama skin and represent the Aymara residents of the Altiplano region of the Andes mountains. Another group, called the Ukukus, or bears, also wear this type of mask.