Band: alternating figures and birds

Moche-Wari (Huari)
750–950 CE
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General Description

This textile band reflects the interaction of the highland Huari (Wari) and coastal Moche along the north-central coast. Typical of coastal production, the band was woven with dyed camelid fiber over cotton warps with slit tapestry weave. This discontinuous weave is clearly visible in the openwork panels and through the shifting colors. The technique afforded reduced consumption of precious camelid fiber, and it permitted a lighter weight fabric in the temperate zones. The imagery reflects coastal motifs, such as the warrior with crescent-shaped knife, stylized wave motifs, catfish heads, and seabirds from the north coast.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1978.2.McD; 1991.377; 1991.378], 2015.