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Chimú or Chancay Textile Fragment (Discontinuous Warp and Weft) with Manta Ray Imagery

Late Intermediate Period - Late Horizon
ca. 1000 - ca. 1534
Camelid fiber

13 3/8 x 12 5/8 x 1/16 in. (34 x 32 x 0.2 cm)
Gift of Ward M. Canaday and Mariam Coffin Canaday, Class of 1906

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2000.3.166
Geography: South America, Peru, Andes (North Coast)
Classification: Unclassifiable Artifacts; Artifact Remnants; Cloth Fragments
Culture/Nationality: Chimú or Chancay, Peruvian, Latin American, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Textile such as this carried value not only through their iconography, but through their materiality. To produce a textile using discontinuous warp and weft, the weaver would need to engage to the fullest and be devoted to the process of design and creation. Extreme time and skill were required to set up the complex color changes and the weaving of defined areas of color seen in this fragment. A similar visual product could be produced using a similar technique; the use of discontinuous warp and weft here shows the value of a heightened interaction between weaver and fiber. This technical over-elaboration connotes devotion and sacrifice, there is a deep valuation of process, of the human energy transmitted into the finished textile. Material, technique, iconography are integrated in the service of a greater meaning. Though we can not be sure of this meaning, we can see it in such technically and visually intricate textiles.

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