Tunic with vertical stripes

DATE:
1400–1540
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Camelid fiber
CLASSIFICATION:
Textiles
DIMENSIONS:
Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm) Width: 30 1/2 in. (77.47 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Americas
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of Nora Wise
OBJECT NUMBER:
1989.W.2433

General Description

This striped tunic presents a local highland tunic style worn during the Late Horizon (1400-1532 CE). Almost identical tunics were woven with both camelid fiber and cotton and thus likely pertain to coastal valleys. The neckline and edges are simple, with a short fringe along the base. The technique used to create the base of this tunic, however, was relatively complex. It involved the rotation of the textile during the weaving process and the addition of cream step motifs along the base. Research on these central highlands and coast of Peru continues to shed light on the textiles from this region and their relation to shifting styles of Andean clothing.

Adapted from

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