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Utility Cloth


Object Number:80-22-1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Guatemala
Department of Escuintla
Culture Area: Central American
Length: 76.2 cm
Width: 76.2 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Richard C. Bull, 1980


Cotton brocade on warp faced ground, floats visible on reverse. Warp and weft stripes, chickens, birds, dots, zigzags and diamonds in red, yellow, purple and blue on mostly white ground. Selvedges finished but frayed in some places. Folded and stitched at one end. Good condition, but threadbare spots and stains. Paper tag #20.

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 30 epi, two ply, white cotton. 42 epi, four ply, blue with red cotton. 42 epi, single ply, red cotton. Weft: 22 ppi, two singles, Z twist, white cotton. Balanced and warp predominant plain weave. Supplementary weft is two faced. One panel, three selvedges. Woven on a backstrap loom."

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