Chuspa: A Quechua word meaning purse or bag. Men and women have used chuspas in their different forms for more than 2000 years. Some highly decorated chuspas are used only for special occasions, as part of the dancers’ costumes during festivals. Others are simpler in style and are used primarily by men to carry coca leaves. Both men and women use a smaller chuspa to carry money.
This shoulder bag features indigo with three bands of traditional Peruvian motifs. The top is open and the edges are finished with Nawi Awapi (eye border). Featuring indigo and cochineal bandss this simple shoulder bag is a striking accent for evening or day. The three decorative bands feature traditional motifs from the Chinchero area in the Peruvian highlands. The unlined bag has a zippered closure and it is embellished at the bottom with two small tassels. The 1″-wide handwoven shoulder strap is designed with traditional motifs. The edges of the bag are finished with the traditional ñawi-awapa braid.
This bag was woven by Luzmila Huaman Quispe, a member of the Chinchero village and cooperative member of Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the Peruvian Highlands of Cusco.
CTTC works with Quechua women and their families to ensure that their 2000-year old textile traditions continue to thrive, and to aid in economic development.