Unkuñas Ceremony Cloth
Made from the hardy wool of the Alpaca, our Unkuñas Ceremony Cloths are woven at the basin of Ausangate mountain by the Pacchanta people and can be used as an altar cover or as a seating blanket for meditation. Traditionally used as carrying cloths across the rugged terrain of the southern Peruvian Andes, the Pacchanta people also consider the Unkuñas to be sacred textiles, with each space on the cloth symbolic of a story of how man came to understand the universe. Unkuñas with two woven spaces represents the opposite yet complementary forces of the cosmos. Of three spaces, the above, below and the center of the universe. And of four spaces, how the earth travels around the sun during its displacement along the Milky Way, represented by the spaces symbolizing two solstices and two equinoxes. When one has the cloth and positions it on the ground, it creates a point of contact with the terrestrial to project from there to what will come later and what can be. For this reason, it is considered an oracle, or center of light by the Pacchanta people.
Our supplier, Incausa, works directly with the artisans who weave these cloths to insure that all proceeds go directly back to their hands from which they are made. Click here to learn more about Unkuñas, the Pacchanta people, Incausa and how your purchase supports a cultural community.
- Size varies from 10 x 10 to 14 x 14 inches
- Materials: Alpaca wool
- Colorways: Please note that each Unkuna is handmade. When ordering, you can select your pattern, however, color and size will vary. The images displayed show some of the variety of the Unkunas we offer. We do not accept returns or exchanges for colorways.