UNKHUÑA Chinchero, Cuzco, Peru 2015

These small textiles, known in the local Quechua as ukhuña, originate from the town of Chinchero in the Cuzco region of Peru. They are used in traditional ceremonies such as the pago a la tierra and are often worn on the back. While the woven patterns are typical of local textiles, the blue and red blocks are especially representative of Chinchero. Also note the intricate woven borders on each example, referred to in Quechua as awapa (the edge).

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