******* NOTE VARIATION: This cloth likes to change its colours! The picture shown differs: The patterns are Green and Pink. Whilst this looks very masculine this cloth is a very feminine mesa!*******
Peruvian Qero (Q'ero) 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. The Qero 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. Qero 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.
Fair Trade textiles allows villages to maintain the life, culture and dignity in their ancestral homes. We trade in a variety of ways, some prefer money and some prefer, Flour, Maize, Sugar or Rice.
Note: Aged & Authentic Textiles
These textiles are purchased from individuals not companies and machinery. Sometimes they are fresh off the hand loom and other times have been used in ceremony for many years by the Qero family.
Any significant marks or use will be highlighted at the beginning of the description.
Any subtle marks can be be removed with light cool hand washing with natural soap, wax can be removed with paper and gentle heat using an iron. Wear marks belong to the character of the cloth.
Most of the cloths we source are pristine examples. Some will be noted as already mentioned. You could select the `Chinchero Shaman’ options which are all fresh of the looms.
These mesa cloths are sourced from the Pagos Qero medicine people high up in the Andes of Peru. Hand Woven from naturally dyed sheep wool by the Q'ero community these cloths are made with great symbology, meaning and intent. The cloths are used in a variety of ways, for rituals and ceremonies including holding new-born's safe as they enter this world holding them as they transition.......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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