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Unkuñas: How one cloth provides a lasting legacy

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Unkuñas: How one cloth provides a lasting legacy

At the basin of the southern Peruvian Andes, the Pacchanta people, twisting wool gathered from the alpacas that roam in herds across the snow-capped ridges, make yarn for weaving. Like the people who inhabited the land before them, the Pacchanta take part in the Incan tradition of weaving the yarn into Unkuñas—durable cloths that are folded and used to carry coca leaves and sacred stones around the rocky terrain as they go about their daily routines of herding alpacas and potato harvesting.

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