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Peruvian Andean Mestana Cloth

SKU: txm0125-linked

 • Product Size: 20.5" L  x  20.5" W

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Hand Made
Supports Indigenous Cultures

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Sacred Valley Textiles


Colorful Ocongate-style mestana cloth edged on all four sides with contrasting color patterned fabric and embroidered diamond designs. Perfect for use as a mesa cloth for your personal altar. Gently used. Hand made in Peru.
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  • Lliklla is the Quechua word for manta, a square piece of cloth formed by joining together two long woven pieces at a center seam. Widths determine its usage and size varies from region to region. Worn as a mantle across the shoulders, a lliklla protects one's back from the cold and can be used to carry all manner of things, including babies. Some are simple sturdy textiles used in agriculture, but for special occasions, they're woven of fine threads with complex designs and vivid colors and embellishments.

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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

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