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Aguayo (Aguayos)

"Aguayo" is the name for a type of indigenous Andean carrying sling. Aguayos are usually woven from the wool of llamas or alpacas, and decorated in brightly colored stripes. Women frequently use aguayos 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 "aguayo" is a Spanish borrowing from the Aymara word awayu, but the same type of sling is also used by other Andean people as well, particularly the Quechua. The word for an aguayo in the Quechua language is q'ipina.

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Here are links to some online resources about aguayos:

 In Bolivia, Strollers Compete With Baby Slings
 The Aguayo: Ancient Andean Wisdom for Moms
 Wikipedia: Aguayo

Here are links to our webpages about the Andean tribes and languages:
 Aymara language
 Quechua language
 Aymara people
 Quechua people
 Andean culture
 Peru languages
 South American tribes

Here are a few good books about aguayos:
 Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals
 The Andean Science of Weaving



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