About this object

History of use

Used as a shawl or carrying cloth by women; for carrying children, food, firewood, etc.


Acquired from Josephina Olivera's shop near the Indian arket in Cusco.

Iconographic meaning

Victor Olivera informed us that the star shaped embroidery is typical of the Pisac style. The "oreganos" or diamond-shaped designs are also attributed to Pisac style.

Physical description

Hand woven striped shawl, two selvedges, two finished edges. Two wide dark brown bands on dark red background with white diamond pattern. Narrow black stripes run through middle of each of the four patterned background bands. Pattern is interrupted by one short band of plain white. Three dark red strips, two on selvedges, one in middle with multi-colour embroidered round shapes.