Chaskas

 Ch’aska

Accha Alta Community

The chaskas (or ch’aska) motif represents stars (Callañaupa Alvarez 2007). Silverman (2008), in her study of Q’ero textiles (a traditional Andean community in Cusco that has retained more of the traditional weaving practices than other areas), argues that this design signifies the planet Venus (Silverman 2008).

References Cited

Callañaupa Alvarez, Nilda (2007). Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories. Hong Kong: Asia Pacific.

Silverman, Gail P. (2008). A Woven Book of Knowledge: Textile Iconography of Cuzco, Peru. Michigan: Sheridan Books.

Chaskas