This traditional mesa cloth was woven in the classic style with symbols of the Chunchu, or Inkarri. The Andean myth of the Inkarri predicts that the great Inka will return to restore the Andean people to their former glory. The complex woven patterns reflect Q’ero life as strongly connected to the agricultural fields of Pachamama, the Apus, and all beings. Q’ero weaver Maria Machacca Apaza created this textile outside her home under the watchful gaze of Apu Mama Rosa. She knelt on the ground leaning over her loom for many days to produce this finely balanced textile. 26 x 25 inches. 66 x 62 cm. Your purchase includes a photo of the waever’s husband holding your new mestana. NOTE: the red bands are a softer, deeper red than appears in the photo.
Watch: 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.