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Qero

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.


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  1. Q'ero Alpaca Blend Knit Chullo Cap

    This attractive hand-knit, rustic alpaca blend hat comes in multi-colored ivory and tan shades.  It measures 14 inches from tip to flap edge exclusive of trim. A soft, stylish hat great for any cold occasion. You can't top this cap. Hand made by the Q'ero in Peru.

    $69.00
  2. Q'ero Andean Despacho Cloth

    This simple despacho cloth is woven with fibers in colorful rainbow shades and features a traditional diamond pattern in its center band. Sewn with colorful corner tassels  and a bound edging on one side.  Handwoven by the native Q'ero of Peru.

    $65.00
  3. Q'ero Andean Despacho Cloth - Natural - Quarter Design

    This despacho cloth is a excellent example of the artistic Q'ero quarter weaving technique. Woven with natural colors and embellished with corner yarn tassels. Use this soft cloth as a despacho cloth in ceremonial offerings or as an overlay cloth on your mesa or personal altar. Handmade sizes range from 16 to 18 inches L x 18 inches wide. Gently used. Select your style below. Made by the native Q'ero of Peru.

  4. Q'ero Andean Despacho Cloth - Natural - Quarter Design-Tres

    This despacho cloth is a excellent example of the Q'ero quarter weaving technique. Woven with natural colors and embellished with corner yarn tassels. Use this soft cloth as a despacho cloth in ceremonial offerings or as an overlay cloth on your mesa or personal altar. Gently used. Made by the native Q'ero of Peru.

    $65.00
  5. Q'ero Andean Lliklla Mestana Cloth - Inti

    Our rich and colorfully hand woven Q'ero mestana features the traditional rayed diamond or Inti motif of the sun. Woven by the Q'ero women of the high Peruvian Andes, this weaving makes for a perfect mesa cloth for your healing stones or a ground cloth for your personal altar. Handmade in a range of sizes, select from below.

    $200.00
  6. Q'ero Andean Unkhuna Despacho Cloth

    This simple despacho cloth is woven with fibers in colorful rainbow shades and features a traditional geometric diamond pattern in its center band. Crafted with corner and colorful yarn tassels applied to each corner and a bound edging on one side. Due to the handmade nature of the cloths, your tassel colors may vary slightly from image. Gently used. Made by the native Q'ero of Peru.

    $60.00
  7. Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag

    Our traditional Q'ero hand woven ch'uspakuna, or cocoa bag, features brightly colored stripes flanking in the center 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 for travel. Hand woven and sewn by Qero in the high Andes of Peru.

    $42.00
  8. Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag - Half Inti

    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.

    $65.00
  9. Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag - Half Inti

    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.

    $65.00
  10. Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag - Half Inti

    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.

    $65.00
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