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Utility Cloth

Tzute

Native NameTzute
Object Number:68-17-1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Guatemalan
Provenience: Guatemala
Santo Tomas Chichicastenango
Department of Quiche
Culture Area: Central American
Section:American
Materials:Cotton
Silk
Length: 72 Measurement Unit Not Provided
Width: 64 Measurement Unit Not Provided
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Josiah Marvel Jr., 1968

Description

Rectangular and in two breadths joined by randas of embroidery in color sequences of red, yellow, green and purple. Red cloth with narrow black stripes form background for heavy purple brocaded design of double headed eagles. Smaller yellow or aqua motifs with chevrons, figure eights and bars incorporated into main design unit. Red tassels on all four corners.

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 40 epi, two singles, Z twist, red and navy cotton. Weft: 28 ppi, two singles, Z twist, red cotton. Warp predominantly plain weave. Supplementary weft is two faced. Two panels, three selvedges each. Woven on a backstrap loom."

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