This design represents a rope made of a very strong Andean grass called quya. Because agriculture has long been the principal economic activity in the Andes, a number of textile designs represent agricultural-related ideas such as traditional farming instruments, whose form has changed little over the centuries (Callañaupa Alvarez 2007).
Callañaupa Alvarez, Nilda (2007). Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories. Hong Kong: Asia Pacific.