All across the world, people have devised unique solutions to their daily problems. A big one being, how can you carry things while keeping your hands free? While some cultures carry things on their heads, in a cart, or in backpacks, Peruvian women have devised a unique solution with the Andean manta.
One of the most popular things used by people to carry a lot of goods is a handbag or the rucksack. They can be made from the synthetic materials, like plastic bags, from the leather, from the paper, etc. They can be handmade or factory made. We use them every day. Unfortunately sometimes they are very heavy, then we suffer a lot. If we are unlucky they can break and all our goods fall down on the street.
These kinds of handbags you can also find in Peruvian Andes, but there’s another interesting option Andean people have created their own style of moving and carrying the things.
Traditional Peruvian mantas in Andes
Instead of handbags the Andean people, well most Peruvian women, use a special cloth called MANTA. You can find this cloth in every market in Andes. It is sometimes made of Peruvian alpaca and very often has patterns and symbols of the ancient Inca.
If you will visit Peru, especially in the Andes you will see a lot of locals wearing special colorful material on their shoulders. Sometimes this durable material is empty, sometimes full of many items like food, firewood, plants, etc. Often you even see babies inside it! I wrote in another article about the use of manta to carry babies, follow it to see some pictures and a movie.