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Q'ero Andean Lliklla Mestana Cloth - Inti

SKU: txm0099

 • Product Size: 25" W

Fair Trade
Hand Made
Supports Indigenous Cultures

Product Origin

Qero


Traditional and colorful mestana cloth represents the diamond rayed Inti design in alternating light and dark colors depicting the morning and evening sun. Touches of color bordering the central pattern, call to the mountain spirits or Apus. The two sides of the cloth are joined in the middle with alpaca stitched to represent the mayu or River of the Sky or Milky Way.

Measures: 24" x 25"

Woven of alpaca and sheep wool, this cloth will hold your sacred mesa stones or display on your altar. Hand woven by the Q'ero of Peru.

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  • Mestana Cloth Features:

    • Rayed Diamond Inti design of the Sun God
    • Woven of alpaca and sheep's wool
    • Use as sacred mesa for healing stones or ground cloth for your altar
    • Hand woven by the Q'ero of Peru
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    Qero

    Q'ero Nation of Peru 

    The Q'ero Nation is located a one day ride on horseback from the road to Paucartambo in Cusco and is the oldest in the Inca Tradition. They live 4,300 meters high in the Peruvian Andes. They grow and eat potatoes, such as olluco and oca. Children between the ages of 7-14 attend school. Medical assistance is scarce. They work and live as a community of 800 or so people. They marry among themselves and have kept their customs alive since Incan times.

    The main activity of the Q'ero, besides agriculture, is weaving. They use natural dyes for their wool. Their techniques and designs are considered to be the closest to those of their ancestors. Their weavings have been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
    The Q'ero believe they are the last descendants of the Inca. According to tradition, their ancestors defended themselves from invading Spanish conquistadores with the aid of the local mountain deities (los Apus) which devastated the Spanish Army near Wiraquchapampa.

    The religion of the Q'ero is syncretic, consisting of a mixture of European Christianity with elements of the traditional religion of the Andes. Shamans of different levels (e.g., Altumisayuq, Pampamisayuq) still have a high reputation. They worship Mother Nature (Pachamama) as well as other mountain spirits like Apu Ausangate and other regional deities.

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