Ceremonial poncho made of wool.
The black, woollen, twill material is bordered each end with a design of red, white, and blue checks either side of an arrow design. The technique of tapestry, in which small areas of weft colour completely cover the warp, is achieved in this case by changing from lifting single warp ends in the twill areas, to pairs in the tapestry areas.
Where the colours meet in the checker pattern, the white and coloured wefts are interlocked: this has not been necessary with the diagonal lines of the other parts of the design. The red and blue coloured wool used with the white looks as though it has been dyed with cochineal and indigo respectively.
- Found/Acquired: Chichicastenango
- (Americas,Central America,Guatemala,Quiché,Chichicastenango)
- Width: 84 centimetres
- Length: 155 centimetres
The correct term for this woollen textile is a blanket (O’Neale, Rowe, Schevill). It is an accessory carried by men, when wearing their traditional costume, and is slung over the top of their bag. (See illustrations in Rowe, 1981, figs 75 and 82.). The blanket unfortunately no longer has the long fringes referred to by the authorities mentioned above: the ends have been cut off.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ESA26284
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