K-Q 00001 Khipu – Quipu- Mathematics of the Incas


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Mathematics of the Incas
Category: Ancestral
Weight: 165 gr.
Product Dimensions:  59 cm L // 99 cm W
Special Feature: Hand Made // Ecological Dyeing
100% Sheep Wool
Hand crafted item- color, size and or motif may vary slightly
Dry washed recommended


A quipu usually consisted of cotton or camelid fiber strings. The Inca people used them for collecting data and keeping records, monitoring tax obligations, collecting census records, calendrical information, and for military organization.  The cords stored numeric and other values encoded as knots, often in a base ten positional system. A quipu could have only a few or thousands of cords. The configuration of the quipus has been “compared to string mops.”Archaeological evidence has also shown the use of finely carved wood as a supplemental, and perhaps sturdier, base to which the color-coded cords would be attached.  A relatively small number have survived.


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