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Q'ero Nation of Peru
The Q'ero Nation is located a one day ride on horseback from the road to Paucartambo in Cusco and is the oldest in the Inca Tradition. They live 4,300 meters high in the Peruvian Andes. They grow and eat potatoes, such as olluco and oca. Children between the ages of 7-14 attend school. Medical assistance is scarce. They work and live as a community of 800 or so people. They marry among themselves and have kept their customs alive since Incan times.
The main activity of the Q'ero, besides agriculture, is weaving. They use natural dyes for their wool. Their techniques and designs are considered to be the closest to those of their ancestors. Their weavings have been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
The Q'erobelieve they are the last descendants of the Inca. According to tradition, their ancestors defended themselves from invading Spanish conquistadores with the aid of the local mountain deities (los Apus) which devastated the Spanish Army near Wiraquchapampa.
The religion of the Q'ero is syncretic, consisting of a mixture of European Christianity with elements of the traditional religion of the Andes. Shamans of different levels (e.g., Altumisayuq, Pampamisayuq) still have a high reputation. They worship Mother Nature (Pachamama) as well as other mountain spirits like Apu Ausangate (Apu Ausangate) and other regional deities.
The wantana is a typical clothing accessory in several Peruvian communities; a handwoven cord or tie ending in a threaded tassel at both ends can be used for many things: tie one on your hat as a stylish hatband or chin strap, weave it into your hair or other hair ornaments; use it to tie up your despacho cloth to carry your Pachamama offering to the ceremonial site or whatever else you want to adorn with beauty, color and functionality! This one has many tiny white beads. Yours may differ slightly from the photo due to its handmade nature. Sold individually. From the Q'ero of Peru.
Traditionally worn in ceremony and sourced directly from the Q’ero community in Peru, this hand-woven alpaca poncho will keep you effortlessly warm in the coldest of weather, while equally practical for cool summer ceremonial fires. Patterned with stripes ranging in hues of red, orca, pink green black and natural, and complemented with a traditional T’iki or flower motif which sits within the water or Cocha icon, this poncho is said to represent Happiness. Naturally dyed alpaca yarn and hand woven in the Q’ero community, this delectably soft poncho is full-sized for both a man or woman. Measures 47 inches wide by 66 long inches with a 3 inch fringe accent. Choice of red or gold T'iki wide striped bands.
Our traditional Q'ero hand woven ch'uspakuna, or coca bag, features natural tone stripes flanking in the center woven band the motif for Inkarri, the cultural folk hero of the Incas in one of his anthropomorphic forms. A perfect and practical place to store your artes or healing stones for travel. Hand woven and sewn by Qero in the high Andes of Peru.
Narrow and deeply constructed handwoven bag is the perfect size for your sunglasses, smart phones or sacred stones. Side stripes are woven in natural shades with the center band pattern of Inti, the sun. Shoulder strap is colorful too. Bottom edging consists of three double tassels. Hand made in Peru.
This woven cloth, heavily beaded belt beautifully conveys traditional Q'ero weaving technique and design. Intricate patterns and iconography of items important in their lives. 1.5 inches wide. 33 inches long. Add 7.5 inches for tie end. Add 2 more inches for loop end. Total length exclusive of tassels is 42 inches. Hand woven and beaded by the Q'ero of Peru.
Our traditional Q'ero hand woven ch'uspakuna, or coca bag, features brightly colored vertical stripes flanking in the center band the motif for Inti, or the Sun. Inti is usually depicted as a rayed diamond. Coca bags make for a perfect and practical place to store your mesa artes, or stones, for travel. Hand woven and sewn by Qero in the high Andes of Peru.