The Collata khipus are the first authentic khipus ever theorized convincingly to be logosyllabic. If confirmed, this will be the first discovery of a unique, previously unknown form of logosyllabic writing-one that that sounds sounds through three-dimensional animal fiber cords that must be felt as well as seen.
The needlework bundles, called caytes, at the beginning of the khipus indicate the khipu’s subject matter. The brilliant red brush is made from deer hair and is believed to signify “warfare.”
An ongoing research project by Sabine Hyland.