This Item was Sold on 8 September
2015 for $45
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This item is a very fine split pouch sling made out of handspun llama wool by indigenous Aymara-speaking Native Americans in the Sajama Mountain region of Bolivia. This region is northwest of Oruro and southwest of Pacajes. This is a very attractive example of a sling used for herding alpacas, llamas and sheep. These slings are also used for deterring wild animals, such as foxes and mountain lions and for hunting small game such as rabbits and waterfowl. In times of warfare these same slings are used as weapons. Wool for the ropes is carefully selected from the tails and chests of llamas for strength and durability. This is an original, older, used sling with nicely plaited designs in three different, natural colors. The age is estimated at 20-50 years. This sling is in excellent used condition and it is strong enough to use if you are careful and use it infrequently to avoid excessive wear.