Aguayo (cloth)

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Traditional aguayos of different types and colors for sale at a crafts store in La Paz, Bolivia.

The aguayo[1][2] (possibly from awayu, Aymara for diaper and for a woven blanket to carry things on the back or to cover the back),[3][4][5][1] or also quepina[6] (possibly from Quechua q'ipi bundle)[7][8][6] is a rectangular carrying cloth used in traditional communities in the Andes region of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.[1] Aymara and Quechua people use it to carry small children or various other items in it on their backs.[1][6][2] It is similar to a lliklla and sometimes regarded as a synonym.[8]



  1. ^ a b c d Real Academia Española. "aguayo". Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b Osborne, Harold (1952). Indians of the Andes: Aymaras and Quechuas. Routledge. p. 222. ISBN 9781136544521.
  3. ^ Vocabulario de la Lengua Aymara Archived 2012-01-19 at the Wayback Machine, a historical dictionary by Ludovico Bertonio (1612)
  4. ^ Ministerio de Educación, Dirección National de Educación Bilingue Intercultural, Yatiqirinaka Aru Pirwa, Lima, 2005 (Aymara-Spanish dictionary)
  5. ^ Sotero Ajacopa Pairumani, Léxico textil aymara y quechua desde los saberes locales (in Spanish)
  6. ^ a b c "Quepina (Quepinas, Q'ipina, Queperina)". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  7. ^ Diccionario Quechua - Español - Quechua, Academía Mayor de la Lengua Quechua, Gobierno Regional Cusco, Cusco 2005 (5-vowel-system): Q'epirina ... . Sinón: q'eperina, q'epina.
  8. ^ a b Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)

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