About this object

History of use

Bayeta is made by males on the treadle loom and is used for garments that are cut to size and sewn, such as trousers, shirts, skirts and vests. The style, the construction, and the loom used are non-indigenous and derive from Spanish peasant tradition. Handspun sheep's wool is the traditional material, but synthetic yarns are now used. Similar to everyday shirts except made of whiter, synthetic yarns. The Sikuri dance is a traditional dance performed by males who play panpipes and by females, June 24 (El Dia de Campesino), during the community fair, July 25-Aug. 5, and at many festivals, including Santiago, Candelaria, and Santa Cruz.


Bought from Candelaria Cruz Machaca, widow of the maker and user, Augustin Quispe Mamani. Augustin had been the main source source of information on Taquile collections in previous years. The vest (Sf959), wig (Sf948) and hat were part of Augustin's Sikuri costume.

Cultural context

Male Sikuri dancer.

Specific techniques

Plain weave fabric; shirt assembled from loom widths and cut rectangles by machine stitching; hand-stitched gathers at shoulder and cuffs.

Physical description

Shirt, pull-over with a stand-up collar, a slash neck opening, slashes at the bottom sides, underarm gussets, and gathered sleeves with cuffs. The cuffs have a cord and reinforced hole for a closure.