Liijlla from Macha, province of Chayanta in Potosi.
The textile ornaments of the Chayanta region (which since ancient times was home to warriors) are always geometric. Its weavers often get an Arabic mosaic effect.
This Llijlla in particular has the tika tecnique that is infuenced by Incan textiles. The checkered effect is often associated with war.
The zigzags are composed by obtuse points that can be read as mountains or towers that are the equivalent representation of masculinity. The diamond shapes on the other hand are read as chakras or seeds and are thought to be the feminine part of the textile.
The Llijllas are from the Quechua regions of Bolivia, which are located in the central, southern regions and around some areas near the Lake Titicaca. They are rectangular shaped and are worn by women as a shawl pined on the front with a topo (pin), and like the Aguayos, they are also used to carry babies as well as any other goods.
This is a vintage piece - this is a real aguayo 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.