Handwoven Chunpi Belt

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Handwoven Chunpi Belt

49.00

Gorgeous hand-woven chunpi belt dyed with all-natural vegetable dyes and woven using cotton and alpaca threads. The designs in this belt represent the mani puma, or paws/hands of the Puma. 

In Quechua the word chunpi (sometimes spelled 'chumpi) means 'belt' and it refers to the four 'belts of power' of our energy body. These are worn as part of the traditional Andean dress, but also as a form of protection. In many cultures, the low belly is considered the "power center" of the human body. Whether referred to as the Hara, the Dandien, the 2nd Chakra, or womb space; it's considered to be the center of our vitality and life force. In Central American many women wear fajas after childbirth to help support their reproductive organs as they return to their original positions. And in Japan, a similar garment would be the obi belt. 

I've taken to wearing Chunpis, not only because they are gorgeous, but because I love how they keep my attention on my center. When wearing one I feel like my movements and decisions come more from my center, versus simply from my mind or habits. 

These are one-sized and in general wrap around twice with extra length to tie or tuck. 

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