chumpis (Belt)

About this object

History of use

The tradition of regionally distinctive dress is still a feature of some of the remote villages of highland Peru. The costumes are a mixture of Spanish influence with surviving indigenous aspects and materials. This belt is worn for everyday and fiesta dress. It wraps several times around the waist to secure garments. It is sometimes worn by men.

Cultural context

worn by women

Specific techniques

Commercial wool used which has extra twist added on a hand spindle; the white wool is hand spun.

Physical description

Woven wool belt with all over diamond in dark pink and dark red pattern. Three strips of diamond pattern in yellow, green, light pink, and red near edges and in middle. Outside border of blue and red stripe. One end slightly tapered and loom cord finished, with woven strap in blue, pink and white. The other narrowed with ten braids sewn together, woven strap in same colours attached to end.