The weave pattern made with traditionally spun sheep’s and / or llama’s wool yarn of each lliklla is a metaphor for the vital warp in which it manifests the cosmos. The designs work as a coded language, a book of wisdom as a series of analogies: a triangle shape alludes to the mountains, there are also forms suggesting stars (chaskas), the sun (inti), the different animals with whom they live, the field in which they work and live (saltas); More complex designs turn the fabrics into friezes, such as the path with eyes (link’u ñawi), the path of the soul or deceased (amaythaki). And finally exist many techniques that are used to connect or relate to the most conceptual forms; these techniques are named after daily activities and everyday surroundings: liwk’ana qutu, referring to the tool for harvesting potatoes; wakhitu, means a row of cows, akila aywira, are the eagle’s wings; laq’u, alludes to the earthworm; etc.

The llikllas are always composed of two equal parts (khallus) joined by a visible dividing seam (siray), which expresses the apparent principle of dual world, but at the same time, shows its nature of unity and completeness, as those are never separated.
In addition to the fringes (saltas) containing designs with various symbolic, natural or abstract elements, there are wide, always homogeneous color stripes called mama representing Mother Earth (Pachamama); this homogeneous space determines the overall color of a lliklla which is conceptually significant.
In the configuration of all elements, shapes and symbols (tikas) present in the lliklla there are certain principles that define the whole that gives meaning to its parts, one is the existence of complementary identities: the man is perceived as a warrior and the woman as a weaver, however, lliklla is a comprehensive set of dynamics and cognitive / reflective processes that lies beyond the traditional dualistic divisions, where objects or elements that form are defined by their relationship, their interaction. In fact, the lliklla is everything in form of network, a warp: a web of conviviality. The lliklla represents the web of life in which there is no essential separation between man and his environment, between man and his spiritual condition. The vision behind the llikllas is cosmocentric rather than anthropocentric.

Artist and Curator Ramiro Garavito has been invited by KIOSKO to carry out research in the Minga Utopia…