Faja from the Mollo Culture, from the province of Munecas, in La Paz.
The Mollo culture existed in Bolivia's altiplano area after the collapse of the Tiwanaku culture during the period of AD 1000 to 1500, predating the Inca civilization. While the Mollo showed a continuity with Late Tiwanaku culture in both domestic and village architecture, they left no pyramids. The ruins of Iskanwaya belived to be the epicenter of the Mollo culture were built and surrounded by terraced garden areas used for catching rain and to support houses built in a trapezoidal form. The construction of these houses was based upon extremely careful calculations, but no one can explain the trapezoid's use, explains Carlos Ponce Sanjines, who directed Bolivian archaeology for most of the last half of the 20th century.
The faja is worn by women, men and children. They are called chumpi in Quechua and huaka in Aymara.
Faja Belt Mollo Grande
This is a vintage piece - this is a real faja that belonged to someone for likely decades. We take great care in hand selecting the pieces we choose and while for the most part they are in amazing conditions, these have been loved and used for many many years and therefore aren't perfect 'brandnew' items. We feel this adds to the beauty and uniqueness of these pieces, and we hope you do too.
40-1/2" x 7" Total length including straps: 114"