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Awayu (Awayus)

"Awayu" is the name for a type of indigenous Andean carrying sling. Awayus are usually woven from the wool of llamas or alpacas, and decorated in brightly colored stripes. Women frequently use an awayu to carry young children on their backs, but they are also used like backpacks to carry items to market or any other type of load.

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Here are links to some online resources about awayus:

 In Bolivia, Strollers Compete With Baby Slings
 The Aguayo: Ancient Andean Wisdom for Moms
 Wikipedia: Awayu

Here are links to our webpages about the Andean tribes and languages:
 Aymara Indians
 Aymara mythology
 Andean languages
 Peruvian tribes
 South American Indians

Here are a few good books about awayus:
 Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals
 The Andean Science of Weaving

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