These Mesa ties, known by various names, are not just adornments but also sacred symbols. They are meticulously crafted, with each sewn bead symbolizing "Inti," the father, and the sun. Every bead represents a prayer, making these ties deeply meaningful. These handmade items have versatile uses, serving as mesa ties, hair wraps, and bracelets. They originate mainly from Peru, with some items inspired by Tibetan Buddhist and Native American traditions.
We are immensely honored to be able to source these vibrant and traditional Andean watanas, or ties. They were originally used by the Q'ero People to express love and affection to their family members. The intricate weaving and vibrant colors of these ties are a testament to the rich culture and traditions of the Q’ero and Peruvian people.
These vibrant and traditional Andean watanas, or ties, have a rich history of expressing love and affection among the Q'ero People. They were lovingly tied into a daughter’s hair, draped onto the outfits of brides and grooms, and used in various meaningful ways. Each bead on these ties is added with a prayer and carries a connection to the stars.
These ties are carefully woven by the Q’ero people of Peru, a community deeply rooted in their cultural traditions. Their main philosophy, "Ayni," signifies reciprocity, balance, and harmony with the Earth and all living beings. The Q'ero follow the Shamanic path, honoring the sacredness of all relations, including plants, stones, and animals. They are forward-thinking individuals who live with reverence and respect for Mother Earth, referred to as “Pachamama” in their native Quechua language. Their dedication to preserving our beautiful planet for future generations is truly commendable.
We extend an invitation to you to experience the heartfelt creations of the Q'ero people as a part of your spiritual practice, whether for prayer bundles, ceremonies, or rituals. These textile weavings and ties are not only spiritually significant but also make stunning additions to your home decor. Crafted from naturally dyed sheep or alpaca fine wools, these textiles are a testament to the Q'ero culture's vibrancy and artistry.