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Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag - Inti

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

$54.00

(In stock)

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

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Our traditional Q'ero hand woven ch'uspakuna, or coca bag, features brightly colored stripes flanking in the center band the motif for Inti, or the Sun. Inti is usually depicted in hand woven textiles as a rayed diamond. This bag has both a quartered Inti and half Inti designs. Coca bags, although originally intended to carrying coca leaves, also make for a perfect and practical place to store your mesa, or altar, artes for travel. This one has a twisted yarn shoulder strap with a drop of 28 inches and three coordinated color yarn tassels across the bottom. Hand woven and sewn by Qero in the high Andes of Peru.

SKU: txb0092
  • Product Size:
  • 8.5 x 11 inch
$54.00

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Chuspa is a Quechua word meaning purse or bag. Men and women have used chuspas in their different forms for more than 2,000 years. Some highly decorated chuspas 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 chuspa to carry money. Men are rarely without their chuspas, 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 chuspas have these special small pockets.