This impressive loincloth features a luxurious amount of supple plain-weave cotton fabric. When the loincloth was worn, horizontal stripes at both ends, as well as the terminations of the sashes (or ties), would have been visible on the front and back side of the person. The extensive remaining fabric would have gathered loosely between the legs. The stripes provide a subtle hint of decoration to an otherwise simple but highly generous loincloth.
Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Label text, 2017, A. H. Meadows Galleries.
- This is the Las Avispas type and the Textile Museum has a similar piece, according to textile specialist Ann Pollard Rowe, former Curator of Western Hemisphere Collections at The Textile Museum, Washington, DC.