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Aymara style carrying cloth or shawl composed of two rectangular pieces of woven cloth. Dark brown wool with very subtle bands of varying saturation. Four very thin red stripes run parallel with the pattern. Two of the red stripes are near the edges of the cloth and two are near the center of the cloth. There is a seam down the centre, and it is sewn with black yarn.

History Of Use

Used as a shawl. This type of cloth is also used by women to carry things on their backs (babies, produce, etc.). Two corners are knotted together on the chest. Women use it on a daily basis when they go outside their houses. It is also used in formal situations, such as the investiture of elected authorities, when the wives of the authorities are also in the processions.

Specific Techniques

Woven on a horizontal ground loom (loom bars are lashed to pairs of pegs driven into the ground). The weaver sits at ground level to weave on this loom. The structure is warp-faced plain weave. The style of their patterned weaving is 'Aymara'.


Canelaria made the lliklla in the mid-80s for her own use, after Agustin died. Like many women, she seems to have taken a few years to get enough of the alpaca and black wool, to spin it, and finally to weave it. The age and well-worn corners indicate she used it a great deal, probably to carry her five children when they were babies. Candelaria asked Mary Frame to take the shawl for the Museum of Anthropology collection.

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