Weaving Sample


From: Guatemala | Quezaltenango

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 61-10-19
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Guatemalan
Provenience Guatemala | Quezaltenango
Culture Area Central American
Section American
Materials Cotton | Silk
Technique Embroidered

White cotton. Center alternating rows of brocaded gold and purple geometric figures. Design divided in 4 sectios by 3 wider gold bands with evenly spaced purple diamonds bordered by equally wide bands of purple. Design area separated from white at either end by 1 narrow and 2 wider woven red stripes. Motif: rows of geometric forms in diamonds and "S" like leaves. Embroidery: stripes of lavender, cotton and yellow silk.

Double weft and warp. White cotton, plain weave. Red weft inserted in at beginning at end of embroidered area. (2 red picks, 2 white picks, 10 red picks, 2 white picks, 10 red, and at the other end there are 8 instead of 10 picks.)

Motif: Rows of geometric forms consiting in diamonds, "s" shapes, leaf-like forms, "v" shapes and others. Embroidery in stripes of lavendar cotton and yellow silk. In the center of 9 yellow silk diamonds there is a fuschia silk diamond. In the center of 12 yellow silk diamonds, there are lavendar cotton diamonds.

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 40 epi, two singles, Z twist, white cotton. Weft: 32 ppi, two singles, Z twist, white cotton. Balanced plain weave. Brocading is two faced and single faced. Woven on a backstrap loom."

Length 188 cm
Width 44.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Raymond T. Parrot, 1961

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