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Unkuna / Inner Cloths

We are honored to partner with the indigenous Q’ero in Peru to bring you some of the most powerful textile weavings in the world!  The Q’ero are descendants of the ancient Incas and their medicine people, known as “Paqos,” still use their hands to craft their story telling textiles.  

By weaving these beautiful and meaningful stories, these medicine men and women are preserving and sharing their healing knowledge, beliefs and traditions.   Their main philosophy is “Ayni”, which means reciprocity and include balance and harmony with the Earth and with each other.

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The definition of an Altar Cloth is simple but some times misleading. It is a sacred cloth any size for any use. A Mestana or Mesa means the planes. The high planes and the planes we look across, worldy planes at differing levels. Altar, is Sacred, the very meaning is that it is respected as sacred and known to many as sacred. So a Mesa Cloth is an Altar cloth as is a Mesa! Or an inner cloth or otherwise known as a wachala or Uncuna. Locals sometimes refernece these cloths as table cloths... Not in as a table cloth but the table of your altar, your sacredness. And if not to confuse, a table cloth, a child carrier and much more. The meanings woven into the cloths generally depict, family, area, statue, and energy type of a cloth such as water, the sun, or a particular power, the sun the stars, vibrancy or calmness.

The main difference is use and the story that each cloth type and differing size offers its own story.

Strange but true, We are honored to partner with the indigenous Q’ero in Peru to bring you some of the most powerful textile weaving's in the world!  The Q’ero are descendants of the ancient Incas and their medicine people, known as “Paqos,” still use their hands to craft their story telling textiles.  

By weaving these beautiful and meaningful stories, these medicine men and women are preserving and sharing their healing knowledge, beliefs and traditions.   Their main philosophy is “Ayni”, which means reciprocity and include balance and harmony with the Earth and with each other.

The Q’ero follow the Shamanic path of honoring all relations as sacred, including plant, stone and animal.  They are progressive thinkers who live with reverence and respect for Mother Earth, called “Pachamama” in their native language, Quechua, and are dedicated to preserving this beautiful planet for generations to come.

We invite you to experience their heartfelt creations as part of your spiritual practice for your prayer bundles, ceremonies and rituals.  These textile weavings are also stunning for display or decorative uses in your homes and their ponchos provide both warmth and comfort.   Their textiles are naturally dyed (do not bleed) and are woven in sheep or alpaca fine wools.

Hand made textile cloths from South America, Peru. Lovingly made keeping local traditions alive and supporting local small communities, these are made in the high Andes mountain villages. Brightly coloured textiles from the Qero's shaman community and Chinchero. Using very finely yarns from alpacas and llama's that are naturally dyed and spun by hand.

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