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Peruvian Andean Despacho Cloth

SKU: txd0041

 • Product Size: 15" L  x  14" W

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Hand Made
Supports Indigenous Cultures

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Sacred Valley Textiles

This despacho cloth is woven with color stripes and features a traditional tika, or flower and geometric pattern in its center band. Better with age, like an old friend, this piece is traditionally used to carry a despacho to its ceremonial offering grounds. Four corner tassels. A good cloth for a despacho offering when tied with a watana or other tie. Handwoven in Peru.
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  • Unkhunas, or despacho cloths, are used ceremonially for carrying a completed despacho offering to the sacred fire for ceremonial burning and honoring mother earth. They are also used in a variety of other ways such as carrying small items, coca leaves or even lunch.

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    Sacred Valley Textiles

    Textile systems developed in Peru over the millennia represent a treasury of techniques rare in the world. Most remain unknown outside of Peru. They are passed on, not by writing, but by the Andean process of person-to-person communication, by watching and practicing. Peruvian weaving is a ritual activity with many layers of meaning.

    Peruvian textiles honor Pachamama, Mother Earth. They express appreciation for the process of growth and generation and the concept of relatedness to other species and the natural world.  Many people find inspiration in the ideas of indigenous people who developed systems of survival in this hemisphere before the time of Columbus. Icons and symbols expressed in the arts that inspire a respect for the earth can help to keep alive our efforts at preservation and conservation.  Source: Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco