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Chincheros Unkuna Despacho Cloth

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 • Product Size: 11" L  x  12" W

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This simple despacho cloth is hand woven with natural fibers and features traditional Chincheros motifs in its bands. Reversible. The designs are woven to produce an image with positive color and weave effect on one side and opposite color and weave effect of the same image on the reverse. Tasseled on each of the four conrners with sewn on decorative edging on two sides. Use for wrapping your despacho offering and taking it to its offering place. From the Chincheros of the high Andes mountains of Peru.

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  • Unkhuñas, also known as despacho cloths, are used ceremonially in the traditional despacho offering, carrying small items, such as coca leaves or even lunch. For the people of Chincheros, Peru, weaving is a way of life, as important for preserving ancient traditions as it is for earning a livelihood.
  • Chincheros

    Chincheros is a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762 meters above sea level and about 30km from Cusco. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. Chincheros is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. The village mainly comprises mud brick (adobe) houses, and locals still go about their business in traditional dress.

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