They live in the Puna Jujeña region, a plane and arid area located 3,000 meters above sea level with shortage of rains. Although they barely keep using their own traditional language, they do keep alive numerous rites and festivals related to their culture.
Women take care of the animals (sheep, goats and llamas), which wool provide the raw material for their crafts, while men work in agriculture.
Their artisan work involves women weaving wool with a spindle or spinning wheel to create belts on waist looms and, on horizontal looms they weave pashminas and scarves. Men weave ponchos and barracanes, fabrics traditionally used to produce their own clothes.