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    Man's ponchito made of wool.
    A fringed well-felted woollen blanket in black and white check. The structure of textile is a warp-faced twill, but the yarn (singles or plied) and count (epi or ppi) are difficult to determine due to the extensive felting. The warp appears to be three ends of black alternating with two ends of plied (?) white. The black yarn is very hairy.


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  • Dimensions

    • Width: 64 centimetres (on loom (length when worn))
    • Length: 137 centimetres (wrapped around body)
  • Curator's comments

    Register 1973:
    Wool. Rectangular blanket of brown and white wool, fringed at both ends.

    San Antonio Palopó. Ponchitos - blankets worn by men around their waist.

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    • Hecht 2001 p.42 bibliographic details
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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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