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A group of Inca Pallay Jalq'a weavers, Qarawiri

The Jalq'a are situated to the North and West of the city Sucre , in both the province of Oropeza (Department of Chuquisaca) and the province of Chayanta (Department of Potosí). Numbering approx. 26,000 , the Jalq'a live between 2500m and 3000m above sea level, farming land significantly poorer in quality than that of their neighbours, the Tarabuqueños.


As with the Tarabuqueños, this group is most easily recognized by the male dress, which is strikingly white, with a thick black stripe on their sleeves, and colored decoration only sparingly used around the hems. In contrast to this whiteness, and to the pure and brilliant rainbows of the Tarabuco poncho, the Jalq'a poncho is always dark, its graduation so subtle that its stripes often appear to merge into one continuous tone from a distance. As with the women of Tarabuco, Jalq'a women are most easily recognized by their hats, a white bowler-hat style, the same as worn by Jalq'a men, and the distinctive weavings, or “pallays”, that decorate their asxu.


Jalq'a pallays are normally always red and black, forming large, confusing masses of creatures both real and surreal, that baffle the eye. Defying all laws of gravity and biology, these creatures called the "khuru" belong to the dark, semiconscious world of the ukhu pacha.

A Jalq'a pallay  

For further explanation in detail about the meanings of the weavings, visit Explaining the Weavings


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