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 expertly woven wool bag features traditional Peruvian motifs and six inch long twisted fringe on the bottom. The top is open and the edges are finished with Nawi Awapi (eye border). the strap can be knotted at your shoulder to make it the perfect length.
This bag was backstrap woven by Danitza Huillca Espinoza a member of Pitumarca village and cooperative member of Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the Peruvian Highlands of Cusco.