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Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag - Half Inti w/Strap

Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag - Half Inti w/Strap

$49.00

(In stock)

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Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag - Half Inti w/Strap

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Our traditional Q'ero hand woven ch'uspakuna, or coca bag, features natural-palette stripes. In the center band is woven the motif for a half -Inti, or half Sun. Inti is usually depicted as a rayed diamond, but the half Inti is said to represent the sun in its rising or setting form. Coca bags make for a perfect and practical place to store your mesa artes, or altar art, for travel. This bag also features a 17 inch beaded shoulder strap. Colorful tassels added to the bottom edge. Hand woven by Qero in the high Andes of Peru.

SKU: txb0093
  • Product Size:
  • 10" L x 8" W
$49.00

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Ch'uspa is a Quechua word meaning purse or bag. Men and women have used ch'uspas in their different forms for more than 2,000 years. Some highly decorated ch'uspas are used only for special occasions, for example, as part of the dancers' costumes during festivals. Others are simpler in style and are used primarily by men to carry coca leaves. Both men and women use a smaller ch'uspa to carry money. Men are rarely without their ch'uspas, which are finely woven and often have a separate supplemental pocket for llipta, the lime ash catalyst that activates the alkaloids in coca. Quechua clothing lacks pockets and not all ch'uspas have these special small pockets.