What is a Quipu?

A Quipu was an ancient accounting tool that Incas used - and predecessor societies - for bookkeeping. Quipu word comes from quechua language [written as khipu] and it means knot. Quipus were used since 2.500 a.C. and were used until the spanish colonization, because the colons destroyed them. Quipus were usually of cotton or wool and made by alpaca. The colors of the cords, the way the cords are connected together, the relative placement of the cords, the spaces between the cords, the types of knots on the individual cords, and the relative placement of the knots are all part of thelogical-numerical recording.

The combination of fiber types, dye colors, and intricate knotting could be a novel form of written language. Quipus contain a seven-bit binary code capable of conveying more than 1,500 separate units of information. The Quipus were a successful ancient bookkeeping tool. 4.500 years later, a new way of manage accounting and bookkeeping is borned. The new Quipu has no cords nor knots but keeps alive the essence of the tool: an easy and handy way to manage our accounting and financial information.

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