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Ashaninka tribe woman weaving cotton on a loom

 
Image of an Ashaninka woman using a hand loom to weave cotton thread into cloth. This loom is remarkable similar to the looms used further to the west in the Andes region and may indicate a link between the cultures of the Amazon River Basin and the ancient Andean civilizations.  However in the Andes, they traditionally use alpaca to weave cloth rather than cotton; whereas in the Amazon, cotton fiber is almost always used.   

 


 
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Photograph Copyright Chuck Clark, all rights reserved. Ashaninka Woman Weaving