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Bolivian Mestana / Awayo Cloth

SKU: txm0505

 • Product Size: 43" L  x  38.5" W

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Sacred Valley Textiles


Hand woven awayo made in the Bolivian Andes. Made of sheep's wool in a beautiful color palate. An awayo is a traditional woven cloth used for multiple purposes by the indigenous people of the Bolivian Altiplano.These cloths are woven on a backstrap loom and generally come in rich, vibrant colors with traditional symbols and designs. Perfect for your mesa or ceremonial ground cloth.

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Size: 43 x 38.5 inches.

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  • The awayo is a strong and colorful textile typical of Andean culture. It is traditional for the indigenous people to carry their babies on their backs secured by an awayo. The colors of the awayo and the type of designs express different the histories and customs of different regions and communities. The material, symbols, colors and weaving techniques are traditions passed down from generation to generation within communities. As a representative of its culture, the awayo represents movement, pace of life, proximity, support, food and shelter, roots, dignity and affection.
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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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