La Pura Medicina
Q’ero Misa Cloth / Altar Cloth Mestana – red & black
Original Q’ero Misa cloth / altar cloth called Mestana (or Lliqlla) from the ancient Inca tradition, made by the family of Eduardo Chura Apaza from the Q’ero nation Cusco / Peru
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The Mestana is a sacred textile from the Q'ero tradition (the last descendants of the Inca), which is traditionally used by Q'ero elders and medicine men as the outher cloth of the Misa, the medicine bundle of the Q'eros.
Furthermore it is used for Despacho rituals or as an altar cloth.
It was made in Cusco or in the Q'ero villages in the high Andes of Peru by women of the Q'ero tradition of Eduardo Chura Apaza's family. It takes between 4 to 6 weeks to finish a Mestana.
The inner cloth - Unkuña (or tawa) - represents usually the four elements (Pacha-earth, Nina-fire, Wayra-wind, Yacu-water) and the three Andean worlds, the world below (Uju Pacha), the world of the here and now (Kay Pacha), and the world above (Hanan Pacha). It symbolizes as well the inner world, which is held by the outher world. The Unkuña is used for rituals, oracles, and energy balancers.
The middle cloth - as well called Unkuña - represents duality and it is often used for the reading of Coca leaves.
You can use the Mestana to create a misa or a medicine bundle or to wrap sacred or ceremonial objects or Despachos (sacred offerings to the spiritual world). You can use it as a altar cloth or as a table cloth.
Size: 66 x 66 cm