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Incan head with llawt'u and maskapaycha (symbol of power)

The llawt'u or llawthu (Quechua,[1][2] Hispanicized spellings llauto, llautu) was an outfit of the ruling Sapa Incas. It was a variety of turban with the colours of the Tahuantinsuyo. The llawt'u was traditionally woven from the wool of the vicuña with different-colored plaits. On the front was a stripe of wool called the maskapaycha. The symbol of the quriqinqi was displayed on the front. It has been said[by whom?] that small dried frogs were worn under the garment as part of a tradition whose origins have been long lost.


  1. ^ Diccionario Quechua - Español - Quechua, Academía Mayor de la Lengua Quechua, Gobierno Regional Cusco, Cusco 2005
  2. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)