Mantle or carrying cloth (awayo)
- 20th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Sheep wool
- 38 × 42 in. (96.52 × 106.68 cm)
- Latin American Art
- Not On View
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Sarah Dorsey Hudson
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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Weaving remains a specialized art in the Andes, with the continued production of vibrant patterned ponchos, mantles, carrying cloths, and hats, as well as slings and coca bags (chuspa). Arguably the garment type least affected by the Spanish Colonial dress codes, the mantle, or lliclla, continues to be worn by Andean women. Mantles are wrapped around the shoulders, generally with the stripes horizontal. They are fastened together at the front with pins, or tupu, that have acquired different shapes and elaborations through time. This mantle represents a simple but standard type from the Macha regions in southwestern Bolivia with colorful spotted chevrons that extend along the central bands.
Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text, 2015.