Textile experts worldwide recognize the excellence of Q’ero weavings, with their even yarns and complex, double-sided designs. Yarns are hand spun from alpaca or sheep wool, and then dyed and woven.
Every detail of a Q’ero weaving conveys meaning, including the colors, symbols, spin of the yarns, and placement of each element woven into the textile. The cloth is formed from two pieces connected in balance, just as the male and female in nature are interconnected with harmony and balance.
Visual symbols and elements often include lightning, crop fields, inti (sun), chunchu (dancer), mayu (river), ch’aska (star), t’ika (flower), and qocha (lake). Many symbols carry more complex meanings that are not easily translated. The meanings conveyed in the patterns vary and depend on the experience and personality of the weaver.
As in all aspects of Q’ero life, textile patterns honor Pachamama and express their interconnectedness with the natural world.