Sacred symbols express the Q’ero people’s intimate relationship with the earth and with all aspects of the natural and spiritual world. In this ceremonial llikya the colorful woven symbols represent “saqas tika” — the furrows, fields and flowering plants — in beautiful balance. Every mesa reflects the sacred complementary duality as lived in the Andes of Peru. Q’ero textiles are like visual poetry expressing the Q’ero people’s strong connection to Pachamama, the Apus, and all beings. Weaver Fraida Samata Huilca lives in Hapu Q’eros village, where she knelt on the ground leaning over her loom for many days to produce this bright ceremonial mestana. She used a deep maroon for the outer fields and black for the inner solid bands. The outer maroon bands feature subtle stripes, an advanced weaving technique. NOTE: the photo of those stripes makes the maroon appear lighter than the actual color. It’s actually dark and subtle. 27 x 27 inches. 68 x 68 cm.
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.