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"Quepina" is a name for a type of indigenous Andean carrying sling, more commonly known as the aguayo.
Quepinas are usually woven from the wool of llamas or alpacas, and decorated in brightly colored stripes. Women frequently use
quepinas 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.
The name "quepina" is a Spanish borrowing from the Quechua word q'ipina and is also spelled many other ways such as
quipina, queperina, quepirina, quipirina, or q'ipirina. Aguayo comes from the word for the same type of sling in the
language of the Aymara tribe.
Here are links to some online resources about Quepinas:
In Bolivia, Strollers Compete With Baby Slings
Here are links to our webpages about the Andean tribes and languages:
South American languages
Here are a few good books about quepinas:
Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals
The Andean Science of Weaving
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