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A large shirt or poncho fragment with tab fringe. Plain weave cotton combined with patterned tapestry areas of yellow, red, blue, purple, green and black camelid (alpaca ?) yarns. The tapestry pattern of small interlocking bird designs in alternating colours with red outlining is repeated against a yellow background. The tapestry areas are arranged in horizontal bands and rows of step-blocks. Two loom widths are sewn together along a weft selvedge. The tab fringe is tapestry woven and continues the bird designs. Z-spun, 2 ply s.

History Of Use

These two fragmentary loom widths are probably the lower section of one half of a tunic or poncho shirt. The tab fringe would be the lower edge while the shoulder area is missing. The small-scale, repeating design, the colour range and the use of bird designs and step blocks are all characteristic of Ica Style (Rowe). South coast of Peru.

Item History

  • Made in Peru between 900 and 1472
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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