Tunic

A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), single interlocking tapestry weave; neck and armholes finished in wool (camelid) in overcast stitches; seams joined with wool (camelid) in darning stitches.
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  • A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), single interlocking tapestry weave; neck and armholes finished in wool (camelid) in overcast stitches; seams joined with wool (camelid) in darning stitches.

Date:

A.D. 600/800

Artist:

Wari
Peru, south coast, Nazca Valley, Atarco

About this artwork

Woven works of art created by diverse Andean societies represent one of the longest, most complex textile histories in the world. Of particular note are the textiles produced by the Wari, who—along with the closely related Tiwanaku—rose to prominence throughout the highlands of Peru and Bolivia from the 7th to the 9th century.

For this mantle, narrow strips were individuaally woven and then dyed using several separate multiple-stage binding and dye-bath immersions to produce different color combinations. The dyed strips were disassembled into small rectangles; these were then placed in order and sewn together, creating an overall red-and-blue checkerboard design accented with white, yellow, and red diamond-shaped motifs arranged in intersecting diagonal lines. The regularity of the repeated elements is offset by variation in pattern and color, resulting in a visual vibrancy characteristic of the finest Wari textiles.

During important political and religious events, aristocratic individuals wore finely made tunics, mantles, and related garments whose quality and designs communicated the person's status, wealth, and role within the community. Sophisticated textiles were also used to wrap deceased ancestors during sacred burial rituals that prepared them for the afterlife.

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Artist

Wari

Title

Tunic

Origin

Peru

Date

600 AD–800 AD

Medium

Cotton and wool (camelid), single interlocking tapestry weave; neck and armholes finished in wool (camelid) in overcast stitches; seams joined with wool (camelid) in darning stitches

Dimensions

102.6 × 113 cm (40 3/8 × 44 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Edwin A. Seipp

Reference Number

1956.95

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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