Chincero Shaman Mestana or Mesa cloths are used as a personal altar cloth, to wrap medicine stones, sacred items into, allowing the energy to be focused and used. These cloths are woven by hand with symbols that represent an energy. These symbols in turn bring energy to the medicine stones.
Traditionally used as birthing cloths for the babies, they then help us to birth ourselves along our Spirit path. These designs are unique to a family that hand weave these brightly woven pieces with tradition and symbology.
A mestana is ideal for a personal sized sacred cloth for medicine wheel students. Symbology - Outer cloth represents you and your outer world that holds the inner self. Inner cloths, uncunas or wachalas are placed inside to symbolise inner world and how its held by the outer cloth outer world. A mesa tie used out side holds the worlds together in order.
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These Altar cloths are sourced from the Chinchero shamans high up in the Andes of Peru. Hand Woven from naturally dyed sheep wool, these cloths are made with great symbology, meaning and intent. The cloths are used in a variety of ways, for rituals and ceremonies.......To becoming great altars holding an individuals power and gifts as they transform going around the medicine wheel. Personal power objects are held as the representation of ones transformation and placed in the cloth which is usually accompanies by an inner cloth, either a wachala or Unkuna which are local names for this depending on the region you are from.
Each family and region having a unique way and style of weaving, with these cloths in particular are made with great meaning. Always being made in two half's, which represents the duality, or left and right, masculine and the feminine, duality, the coming together are just some of these......The colours and overall make up are unique and individual to the Qero with the symbols and layout being different to family to family. For example sometimes the black known as the "pa and cha" or pachamama can be much wider to add a grounding influence while some cloths have very narrow black areas and lots of Inti, the sun the masculine symbols which make it a very busy but powerful cloth. For some they need "the waters" to temper there fires within and others need to create more fire....Each cloth and the way it is called to you is very unique when you start looking at its symbology!
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