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Culture:Quechua or Aymara
Title:Chuspa (coca bag)
Date Made:19th or early 20th century
Type:Personal Gear
Place Made:South America; Peru
Accession Number:  MH SK 2006.2386.INV
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
Museum Collection:  The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College

Small, square bag with long fringe and a long, thin strap. Dominant colors are bright pink and green (also deep red, blue, and orange). Traditionally used by Andean indigenous communities to carry coca leaves. Sometimes made out of the fabric of an old kaypina (also called aguayo, a carrying cloth). Two woven pieces bound together using a technique in which the weaver essentially creates a tiny backstrap loom and sews the weft of the woven piece as it is made to the two pieces being attached together. This creates a sturdy binding that both protects the weft/sewing yarn and the piece itself.

indigenous people; bags; textile fabrics

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