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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.
This practical unstructured padded tote is woven from Peruvian alpaca and wool fibers and is great for school, travel or daily use. The bag features beautiful geometric patterns. The side zipper inset pocket shows a proud and regal standing llama. Versatile bag can be carried by either a cloth shoulder strap or handles. Double zipper closure. Padding in the sides of the bag protect your valuables. Bag is lined. Made in Peru.
Back by popular demand. Our softest and lightest weight Andean scarf is made from alpaca fleece, hand spun into alpaca yarn and blended with wool. Proud llama stands profiled against the background of a traditional chakana on natural colored alpaca wool. Fun fringe. Snuggly and cozy. Measures 8 inches wide by 54 inches long, exclusive of fringe. Fringe adds another 3 inches to either end. Expertly hand knit in Peru.
These remarkable metal medallions are used with leather laces to tie your khuyas and artes into your mestana to make a totable bundle. The sacred cross shape bears the totems of the four directions: serpent, jaguar, condor and hummingbird. Comes with two color leather laces which thread into metal loops on the back of the piece. Select your color from antique black, antique brass, antique bronze, antique gold or antique silver. Handmade in the USA.
These remarkable metal pieces are used with leather laces to tie your khuyas and artes into your mestana to make a portable bundle. The sacred circle shape bears the totems of the four directions: serpent, jaguar, condor and hummingbird. Comes with two color leather laces which thread into metal loops on the back of the piece. Select your color from antique black, antique brass, antique bronze, antique gold or antique silver. Handmade in the USA.
Our soft yet strong South American sling is made of alpaca hair from Peruvian craftspeople in the South Andes. The Peruvian word for a sling is huaraca. In the ancient Andean civilizations, such as the Inca Empire, slings were made from llama wool. Andean slings were constructed from contrasting colors of wool; complex braiding and fine workmanship resulting in beautiful patterns. Ceremonial slings were also made; these were large, and non-functional and generally lacked a slit for a stone. To this day, ceremonial slings are used in parts of the Andes as accessories in dances and in mock battles. They are also used by llama herders; the animals will move away from the thump of a well-aimed stone. The stones are not slung to hit the animals, but to persuade them to move in the desired direction. Your sling may differ slightly from image in cradle and rope color and design.