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Utility Cloth

Tzute

Native NameTzute
Object Number:42-35-6
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Guatemalan
Quiche
Provenience: Guatemala
Santo Tomas Chichicastenango
Department of Quiche
Culture Area: Central American
Section:American
Materials:Cotton
Silk
Technique:Embroidered
Iconography:Bird
Animal
Length: 55.5 cm
Width: 62 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Lilly de Jongh Osborne, 1942
Other Number:II-B - Other Number

Description

For man of middle class. Red cotton with black pin stripe. Woven in two pieces with embroidered randa. Hemmed at upper end. Broad band of silk embroidered figures across center in five rows: standing birds, two rows of standing animals, small flying birds, woven in mostly magenta with dots of gold and green. Magenta tassels at four corners.

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 64 epi, single, Z twist, red cotton. Two singles, Z twist, navy cotton. Weft: 28 ppi, single, Z twist, red cotton. Warp predominantly plain weave. Supplementary weft is two faced. Two panels, three selvedges. Woven on a backstrap loom."

Bibliography:

[Article] Wardle, Harriet N. 1934. "Guatemalan Textiles". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 5. no. 1. pg. 20-21, 23 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. XView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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