Inca Trails to Machu PicchuYoung Quechua

Girl and Brother


Young Quechua Girl and Brother
Photograph of a Young Quechua girl caring for her young baby brother.  This indigenous girl is carrying the baby in a "K'eperina" which is a large hand-woven cloth worn over one's back and is knotted in front.  The K'eperina can be used as a poncho, backpack, and as in this case, as a baby carrier.  Children and possessions are securely kept inside.  As is the case with both the indigenous people of the Andes and the natives of the Amazon River Basin, red and other bright colors are very popular.  This native girl's K'eperina was hand-woven from thread that was tinted with natural dyes.  The red color most commonly comes from cochineal which is derived from a scale insect that feeds on plants.  Other native dyes are obtained from various plants and minerals which are native to the Andes Mountains of Peru.      

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