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Q'ero Andean Carrying Cloth - Quarter Design

SKU: txd0033

Product Dimensions: 16 x 17 inch

Availability: In stock

Only 1 left

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Like its cousin the despacho cloth, the Q'ero use other plain-woven pieces of cloth to carry goods and food. This cloth is an example of the Q'ero carrying cloth, usually woven in subtle, natural shades in a four corner design. This cloth has a very fine drape and is woven from soft wool, likely alpaca or an alpaca blend.   Some also use such cloths on their mesas or altars.  Woven in in the high Andes of Peru.

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  • Fair Trade
  • Hand Made
  • Supports Indigenous Cultures


Carrying cloths, like bags, have many pre-Hispanic antecedents. They are square, and are used by placing the contents in the center, then folding two diagonally opposite corners over the contents, and then tying the remaining corners together. They are made in a variety of sizes for different kinds of goods.

The technique of creating a quartered design is made by using a dovetail warp join and is called t'iklli by the Q'ero. Relatively few weavers know how to make these cloths. Textiles with dovetailed-warp joins are known from pre-Hispanic times, often with more elaborate designs. Although this technique does not appear to be part of the Inca style, it was probably used in nearby highland areas about which we have little archaeological information.

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