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A rectangular, striped fabric with fringes. Lengthwise stripes in deep, strong shades of red-brown, off white, dark yellow and black. The colours alternate quite regularly but the width of the stripes vary. Cross-wise white borders are joined to the main body by a scaffold cord, not sewn. Two rows of countered weft twining with bunches of dark yellow and black threads secure the woven borders and stabilize the warp fringe; totally made of camelid (alpaca ?) yarns. Z spun, two plied s yarns.

History Of Use

There is no evidence this piece was sewn to any other so it may be complete as it is - perhaps a shawl or a carrying cloth. The deep range of well preserved colours is frequently seen on fabrics from the Ocona or other far south coast valleys (p.c., A. Sawyer). The warp fringes secured by weft twining are also found on textiles from the Majes and Moquegua Valleys from the far south coast region. All alpaca fabrics are found on the south coast during the Late Horizon Period (Rowe).

Item History

  • Made in Peru between 1476 and 1532
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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