Utility Cloth



From: Guatemala | Department of Sacatepequez | San Antonio Aguas Calientes

Curatorial Section: American

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Native Name Servilleta
Object Number 61-10-5
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Guatemalan
Provenience Guatemala | Department of Sacatepequez | San Antonio Aguas Calientes
Culture Area Central American
Section American
Materials Cotton

White cotton warp and weft. "Colored border" stripes brocaded [?] in lavender, red, black, light blue, green and yellow cotton yarn. Zig zag pattern ending in small triangles of red green and lavender.

White cotton warp and weft. "Colored border" stripes are brocaded (?) in lavendar, red, black, light blue, green, and yellow. Broadcading (?) in cotton yarn. Between two 3-inch sets of stripes there is a 1 1/2 inch zig-zag pattern in red, yellow, lavendar, and green. Each zig-zag has an elaborated pattern in the colors just mentioned. Each zig-zag ends in a small triangle of red, green, or lavendar. Both ends have the same mode of decoration. However, one border is 9 inches long, while the other is 7 3.4 inches long. The center section of the Servilleta has 6 brocads stripes of 3 rows each, every 1 1/4 inch, very approximate. The stripes are in white cotton. Between every other brocaded strip there is an embroidered pattern. In toto, there are 3 such patterns, 2 of birds and the central one of flowers. There are 11 flowers in the center row. There are 10 birds in each of other 2 rows. They are embroidered in cotton of white, blue, yellow, red, lavendar, green. The ends of the Servilleta are decoratively knotted in tassels.

Background - white; brocade designs. Each end of servilleta has a broad band composed of narrow stripes in varying colors on either side of a broader zig-zag stripe; colors; lavendar, red, blue, yellow, black, and green. Center has two rows of mutlicolor birds and a middle row of snow flakes in varying colors. Ends finished with knotted white fringe.

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 64 epi, 2 singles, Z-twist, white cotton. Weft. 40 ppi, 2 singles, Z-twist, white ground. Supplemental weft: 2 faced (stripes - double faced (letters, flowers, navy border). Warp plain weave.)".

Length 29 cm
Width 21.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Raymond T. Parrot, 1961

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