Head Cloth

Head Cloth

1000–1460s

Cotton

Overall: 99.1 x 99.1 cm (39 x 39 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2017.60

Description

This lovely, sheer panel—patterned entirely with tie-dyeing—was probably worn as a head cloth, a common article of women’s wear among the Chancay people of Peru’s central coast. Its colors are reminiscent of deep twilight, when the sky turns a luminous, dark blue and a shimmer of orange light appears on the horizon. It is not known whether the squares in the field have symbolic significance.

See also
Collection: 
T - Pre-Columbian
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Medium: 
Cotton

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