The indigenous population of the High Andes, and specifically the Q’ero, have woven and used Four-Quartered Cloths throughout their residence in their rarified land. From the most practical use as carrying cloths of corn and potatoes to woven altars and divinatory masterpieces, these cloths are an essential part of the Andean experience and expression. The most sophisticated expression of these cloths is to symbolically, mythically, and energetically envision and organize the totality of their world. The “t’iklli” cloth is known throughout the Andes.
The Mestana cloths are made as receiving blankets for the babies, they are also often seen around the shoulders of the women. Shaman often use mestanas to wrap their medicine stones, birthing their becoming. More information on the mestanas coming soon.
The Huaraca, or sling, is one of the most practical and fascinatingly subtle textiles in all of the Andes. From commanding attention, to herding, gaming, dancing, and fighting, the Huaraca is an essential tool of those who live on this land.
Used for initiation, healing, and transformation, Chumpi Stone Sets are the voice of the Andean Cosmology and shamans’ way. These sets, hand-crafted in the Sacred Valley of Peru, are intentionally small in order to fit nicely in our hands, easily enhance the work of the mesa, and be portals to the divine.
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