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Watana Ties with Beaded Trim - Narrow

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 • Product Size: 38" L  x  0.25" W Med.

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The wantana is a typical accessory in several Peruvian communities; a handwoven cord or tie ending in a threaded tassel at both ends can be used for many things: you can see them used on hats as hatbands or chin straps.  Can also be used to tie up your despacho cloth to carry your Pachamama offering to the ceremonial site.  Edged with many tiny beads called pini. Let us pick one for you. Sold individually. Thread and bead color may vary from picture. Length may vary from about 38"- 48". From the Q'ero of Peru.

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  • "...hats are held on with finely woven belts, hands or ribbons that go by different names, depending on the region: They may be called wantanas, golones, or jakimas. Some of the bands have elaborate patterns and they may be edged with beads."  Source: Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands by Nilda Callalnaupa Alvarex

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    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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