Since before the 1900's baby carriers (wrap/sling) have been used by mothers all over the world. In Peru the Quechua (indigenous) people wrap their babies in what they call a "Manta" which is basically an almost square piece of cloth that sits over both shoulders like a cape.
While visiting the popular Sunday Market in Pisac, Peru I spotted this little cutie eating a piece of water melon and just had to ask her mom if I could snap her picture. She was kind to say yes. :)
In most of the towns you will also see some of the young children dressed up in traditional Quechua clothing with baby llamas wrapped in a manta offering to pose for a photo. After taking their photos it is customary to give them a little tip. These two girls were so cute, one had a baby llama and the other a puppy.
But babies, llamas and puppies aren't the only things that are wrapped in these mantas, many of the local women use them to wrap their haul of vegetables, fruit and other products purchased at the markets. I took this photo at another very popular Sunday Market in the town of Chinchero.
I loved the people of Peru. They are always friendly and seem to be such hard workers. I mean I can't even imagine not having my grocery store wagon to push around with my haul of food.
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