chuku (Head Cloth)

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 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. From the age of 8 or 9 onward, females wear a head cloth outside the home and for most activities at home other than cooking. Head cloths are navy blue or black and worn with the centre of the long edge on the head and the corner tassels hanging down the back.


Bought from Augustin Quispe Mamani who made it for his wife, Candelaria Cruz Machaca. She used it for several years.

Cultural context

all occasion

Specific techniques

Balanced plain weave fabric made of z-spun wool yarn composed of a cut length of fabric with ends reinforced by crochet. Four tassels made of synthetic yarns are pulled through the fabric corners and hand stitched in place.

Physical description

Head cloth made of black wool with with a multicoloured tassel at each corner. The ends are finished with a multicoloured crocheted edging in segments of solid colour. The crocheted edging extends slightly around each corner.