tupu punzon acucha



“For lack of buttons, Mapuche women, like their Aymara and Quechua counterparts, traditionally favored the Andean-style tupu, or long pin, with a large disk at one end to secure their wraps and shawls around them. Women associated with an ulmen, a particularly rich or powerful man, sometimes wore an even more elaborate version, called a punzon acucha, which featured a silver sphere at the top surmounted by a little bird or cross. Sometimes quite hefty, the punzon acucha, like the tupu, served to secure the shawl and provide support for pectorals attached to the pins by a chain.”

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