The beautiful woven symbols in the outer rows represent “saqas tika” — the furrows, fields and flowering plants — in beautiful balance. The symbols in the inner rows are the chunchu dancers that represent the expected return of the great Inkarri to restore the greatness of the Q’ero people. The entire textile is visual poetry that expresses the Q’ero people’s intimate relationship with the earth and with all aspects of the natural and spiritual world and strong connection to Pachamama, the Apus, and all beings. The deep burgundy bands contrast nicely with the deep rose threads. The wide black bands represent the uncultivated fields of the pampa. Weaver Martina Samata Quispe of Kiku created this handsome mesa in her home in Q’eros under the watchful gaze of sacred Apu Mama Rosa. Large mesa at 30 x 32 inches. 76 x 82 cm. Colors are a richer and deeper than may appear in the primary photo. Your purchase include a photo of Martina’s husband holding your new mestana.
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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.