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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. Ocangate Chuspa Shoulder Bag

    Ocangate Chuspa Shoulder Bag

    Striking handbag constructed from an Ocangate vintage handwoven cloth and bearing their traditional designs in the woven bands.  Sone of the chacha pikas or small motifs resemble their duck or pigeon design.  Three small tassels embellish the bottom edge of the bag.  Perfect for carrying Florida water or other artes to a gathering.  Shoulder strap design. Hand woven in Peru.

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  2. Q'ero Andean Carrying Cloth

    Q'ero Andean Carrying Cloth

    Like 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 more subtle, natural shades and without tassels or pom-poms at the four corners. Previously owned, giving it a classic gently used, broken in look. Woven in the high Andes of Peru.

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    $90.00

  3. Q'ero Andean Unkuna Despacho Cloth

    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.  Made by the native Q'ero of Peru.

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    $65.00

  4. Q'ero Andean Unkhuna Despacho Cloth - Natural

    Q'ero Andean Unkhuna Despacho Cloth - Natural

    This simple despacho cloth is woven with fibers in natural shades and features a traditional geometric diamond and flower pattern in its center band. Crafted with three colorful corner yarn tassels and a bound edging on two sides. Use your cloth to carry your paper-wrapped despacho offering to its burial or burning site. Handwoven by the Q'ero in Peru. 

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    $75.00

  5. Q'ero Ch'upsa Shoulder Bag

    Q'ero Ch'upsa Shoulder Bag

    Our Q;ero handwoven bag is made by hand on the singing looms of these Peruvian people.  Central design represents a flower and stripes are of a natural wool yarn color pallet.  Perfect for carrying your Florida water bottles or other artes to a gathering.  Hand woven and assembled in Peru. 

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    $79.00

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    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.

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    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.

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  8. Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag w/ Strap

    Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag w/ Strap

    Exquisitely handwoven natural wool pallette Q'ero coca leaf bag, or chuspa, featuring a traditional Q'ero tika or flower design. Perfect for carrying Florida water or khuyas to your gatherings. Features a long shoulder strap and 6 inch fringe.  Minor variations in size dimensions and natural color tones may make your bag look slightly different from photo. Handmade in Peru..

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    $24.00

  9. Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag w/ Strap

    Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag w/ Strap

    Exquisitely handwoven natural wool pallette Q'ero coca leaf bag, or chuspa, featuring a traditional Q'ero tika or flower design. Perfect for carrying Florida water or khuyas to your gatherings. Features a long shoulder strap and 6 inch fringe.  Minor variations in size dimensions and natural color tones may make your bag look slightly different from photo. Handmade in Peru..

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    $24.00

  10. Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag w/ Strap

    Q'ero Ch'uspa Coca Leaf Bag w/ Strap

    Exquisitely handwoven wool Q'ero coca leaf bag, or chuspa, featuring a traditional Q'ero Inti or sun design. Perfect for carrying Florida water or khuyas to your gatherings. Features an 18 inch long beaded shoulder strap and two tassels at the bottom corners.  Handmade in Peru..

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