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unknown Peruvian
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Transitional Nasca-Hauri Textile Fragment with Geometric Step Pattern in Discontinuous Warp and Weft

Middle Horizon
600 - 1000
Cotton fiber

19 11/16 x 12 13/16 x 1/16 in. (50 x 32.5 x 0.2 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2000.3.140
Geography: South America, Peru, Andes (Coast)
Classification: Unclassifiable Artifacts; Artifact Remnants; Cloth Fragments
Culture/Nationality: Nasca, Hauri, Andean, Peruvian, Latin American, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
As this fragment came to the collection without a find context, it is difficult to firmly attribute the textile to a group. This stepped pattern is seen widely in Nazca visual production (for example, BMC 69.1.314), as well as throughout the coastal region during the Late Intermediate Period. The motif is repeated over and over again, in varying sizes and color combinations. The prevalence of this motif, as well as its common execution in discontinuous warp and weft, speaks to the Andean values of balance and harmony. Both segments of the motif join together to create the pattern as both the warps and the wefts participate equally in the creation of the color and pattern.

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  • cotton - Textile made from cotton fiber.
  • geometric patterns
  • geometric shape - Shape characterized by regular shapes or patterns that are determined, constructed, or formed according to geometry.
  • Huari - Andean style and culture of the central and northern highlands of the Middle Horizon (ca. 600-1000 CE); named after an archaeological site located in the central highland region of present-day Peru. The style is related to that of monuments at the great site of Tiwanaku, located on Lake Titicaca in northwestern Bolivia. Wari was probably the centre of a militaristic empire that dominated much of the Peruvian highlands and coast during the earlier part of the Middle Horizon. Its influences are seen especially in the Late Nazca (Ica) culture of the southern coast and at Pachacamac on the central coast. The most distinctive decorative motif on Huari pottery is the Doorway God, a stylized, anthropomorphic figure often represented in front view with a rectangular face and rayed headdress. This motif is also found at Tiwanaku. Wari architecture features large enclosures constructed of stone masonry. Monumental temple sculpture is naturalistic and depicts both male and female figures with elaborate hairstyles. "Wari" and "Huari" are often used interchangeably but usage of "Wari" has become more common in museum collections.
  • Middle Horizon - The fifth of the seven main chronological phases recognized in Andean archaeology, generally dating 600-1000 CE.
  • Nasca
  • Peruvian - Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
  • repetition - As an artistic concept, the characteristic within a composition where a form, line, color, or other compositional element is repeated to cause unity or for another purpose.
  • step pattern - A pattern in which a series of small right angles produces a steplike edge, usually proceeding a few steps up and then down again.
  • stepped frets - Decorative motif comprised of diagonally rising steps and ending in an angular curved hook.
  • textiles - General term for carpets, fabrics, costume, or other works made of textile materials, which are natural or synthetic fibers created by weaving, felting, knotting, twining, or otherwise processing. For works of art or high craft that employ textile as a medium, prefer "textile art (visual works)."
  • warp - In weaving, the threads that are extended lengthwise in the loom, usually twisted harder than the "weft," with which these threads are crossed to form the web or piece.
  • weft - The aggregate of transverse strands of a textile, woven through the warp. Specifically for individual strands of weft, prefer "picks (weft)."

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The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Cooper Hewitt Online Collection ." (Accessed July 8, 2020): https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18569423/. Accession No.: 1943-45-7.
  • Elena Phipps, The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth (Los Angeles, CA: The Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2013), 58-63.
  • Elena Phipps and Ann Peters. Pre-Columbian Textile Conference VII (Lincoln, NE: Zea Books, 2017), 171-173.
  • William J. Conklin, "Structure as Meaning in Andean Textiles." Chungara: Revista de Antropología Chilena 29, no. 1 (1997): 109-131.
  • Penelope Dransart, Textiles, Technical Practice and Power in the Andes (London, England: Archetype Publications, 2013), 220-222.

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