Masked Kapac Qolla dancers on a foggy morning in the mountains during Qoyllur Riti festival, Peru
Kapac Qolla dancers traditionally represent merchants who used to come from the altiplano / Lake Titicaca region (Collasuyu was the Inca name for the southern quarter of their empire Tawantinsuyu). Llamas were traditionally used to transport goods, and often replaced by mules after the Spanish conquest. The knitted woolen masks are called a waq'ollo. The intricately embroidered square hats they are wearing are called an aqarapi.
Photograph ID: QoyllurRiti2010D286
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