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Chuspa Shoulder Strap Bag

Pitumarka Chuspa Shoulder Strap Bag


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Pitumarka Chuspa Shoulder Strap Bag

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A very special bag of art, weaving the story of the first light of sunrise over the mountain to the last light.  Constructed so that it is folded at the bottom, the pattern remains the same front and back, though the colors change from warm golden to darker blue, suggesting the balance of day and night. Nothing is lost in this design from the fringed flap to the three tassels on the bottom. The colors are a delight for the eyes, with an earthy orange, red, indigo, gold, a touch of pink, green and plum. Pattern on strap is ñawi-awapa or protective eyes. Finely woven sheep wool and alpaca blend. Measures 6 x 7 inches with should strap drop of 23 inches. Made in the Sacred Valley by the Pitumarka, Peru.

SKU: txb0184
  • Product Size:
  • 7" L x 6" W
  • 1.8 Oz

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Ch'uspa is a Quechua word meaning purse or bag. Men and women have used ch'uspas in their different forms for more than 2,000 years. Some highly decorated ch'uspas are used only for special occasions, 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 ch'uspa to carry money. Men are rarely without their ch'uspas, 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 ch'uspas have these special small pockets.