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Nasca-Huari Tye-Dyed Tunic Fragment

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unknown Nasca

unknown Huari

Nasca-Huari Tye-Dyed Tunic Fragment

Nasca-Huari Transition Period
800 - 1300
Camelid fiber

11 7/16 x 4 5/16 x 1/16 in. (29 x 11 x 0.2 cm)
Gift of Ward M. Canaday and Mariam Coffin Canaday, Class of 1906

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2000.3.50.b
Geography: South America, Peru, Andes
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing; Outerwear
Culture/Nationality: Nasca-Hauri, Peruvian, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
These tie-dyed elements were likely part of a tunic, representing a tradition that developed in the South Coast of Peru during the Huari culture. To create the patch-work effect of the cloth, undyed threads were woven in narrow strips, with each component formed through the use of discontinuous warps and wefts, held together by scaffolding yarn. The strips were then tied in the desired pattern with a material that would resist color before being dyed. The scaffolding yarns
would then be removed and the component pieces rearranged and joined. This technique was used extensively and many examples were well preserved. The pattern seen in these rectangles is common; the diagonal lines of small diamonds in each rectangle would combine with those in neighboring rectangles, forming larger diamonds and over-all patterns.

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