Small female dress

Inca (Inka)
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General Description

This small textile served as a dress for either a young Inca (Inka) female or a figurine. The textile features wide cream and red bands with blue stripes, as well as red, blue, and yellow designs. These colors and zigzag designs with circles were common to elite Inca textiles. A larger dress of near identical composition was recovered from the south-central coast site of Pachacamac. Inca dresses were wrapped around the body and pinned over both shoulders, while mantles were wrapped around the shoulders and pinned together over the chest. Both types were likely worn with the stripes set horizontal to the individual.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text, 2015.