This traditional mestana was woven in the classic style with distinctive Inti symbols of sacred light and sun in split diamond shapes. The woven patterns of sunrise, sunset, and the sun at midday — as well as the bordering bands of growing fields — reflect Q’ero life as strongly connected to the sacred earth of Pachamama, the Apus, and all beings. Elder Ricardina Apaza Gerillo knelt on the ground outside her home in Yanruma, leaning over her loom for many days to produce this finely balanced classic textile. 25 x 25.5 inches. 60 x 60.5 cm. Your purchase helps Ricardina, her family, and her community build schools and food security.
Watch the Journey of your textile. Tribal Store: Supporting Q’ero Culture
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.