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Object Name: Tunic
Place of Origin: Late Nasca culture, south coast of Peru.
Date: Middle Horizon, 600-1000 CE
Materials Used: Camelid-hair warp and weft (Z-spun, S-plied) with interlocked and dovetailed joins; discontinuous warp and weft (warp-predominant); woven added fringe
Dimensions: 128 x 126 cm
Credit line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Nancy R. Pitt. X82.1030.
Source: Elena Phipps, The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth. Ancient Threads / New Directions. Fowler Museum Textile Series, No. 12, Los Angeles, 2013
Each of the two panels has all four selvages (in addition to the complete color sections).
Dazzling zigzag designs in mismatched panels make up the tunic. The sides are stitched together with an area left open for the arms and neck. Woven with discontinuous warps and wefts, the bold monochrome color blocks creating the design were interconnected to one another through a scaffolding system that aided the color changes during the weaving process. The color palette and technique are typical of the south coast of Peru, and this large garment would have been part of a burial.