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Q'ero Andean Ch'ullo Cap - Beaded, Ceremonial

SKU: txh0042

 • Product Size: 22" L  x  10" W

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Hand Made
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Shamans Market-Peru

An exquisitely hand-beaded Q'ero ch'ullo hat. First, the cap is hand knit of colorful wool and then hand beaded with white glass beads. It is then embellished with multiple brightly colored tassels. These are half-beaded. This type of cap is worn by the Q'ero for special feast days and ceremonies. Due to there handmade nature the patterns and colors may vary slightly from picture.  Made by the Q'ero peoples in Peru.

  • The Quechua word for hat is ch’ullo. Hats are an important part of the Quechua men's traditions. The men knit all of their own ch’ullos. It is tradition that fathers knit their sons' first ch’ullo which can take up to a month to make. If not a good knitter, the father must trade for something with another man who is to obtain a well-made ch’ullo. The embellishing of garments with beads started in the 1980s, inspired by the embroidery work on vests and jackets. Knitting is known from the 16th century and the multi-colored intricately designed knitted hats, some made from handspun alpaca, particularly the ceremonial hats, are now laden with beads. One hat may have a kilo of white beads sewn on after knitting. These knitted hats are worn by men.

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