Q’ero men work diligently to create these stunning ceremonial chullyos. First, the man will hand knit the colorful base hat using 5 curved knitting needles to create seven layers of sacred designs. The knitting stitches are memorized. Then the man adds beads in sacred patterns. Traditionally, when a man was courting a young woman, he would demonstrate his patience by carefully beading his chullyo. These magnificent hats are emblematic of the Q’ero culture. Each hat is individually knit and is one-of-a-kind.
Learn how your purchase helps the Q’ero people: Q’ero Life in the Andes: A Partnership.
To learn more about Q’ero weaving and watch them spin and weave, watch this brief video: Weaving in the Q’ero Nation.