About this object

History of use

Bayeta,a type of coarse cloth, is made on the treadle loom and is used for garments that are cut to size and sewn, such as trousers, shirts and vests. The style, the construction and the loom used are derived from Spanish peasant tradition. Handspun sheep's wool is the traditional material but synthetic yarns are now used as well. This style os shirt is typical today. Usually 2 or more skirts, in various colours, are worn layered. As many as 18 may be worn at one time for special events like weddings. Church and fiestas are also occasions for wearing many skirts at once. On some public occasions, girls who are eligible for marriage wear a black skirt with a red skirt underneath and pin the hem of the black skirt to the waistband front. A bride, on the second day of the wedding also uses this style which shows the black and the red skirt.


Bought from Elena Quispe Flores in Taquile. Made by her adoptive father, Ascencio Huatta Yucra, for her use, around 1985. She wore it in her mid to late teens before she was married.

Specific techniques

Z spun wool yarns woven in roughly balanced plain weave fabric. Dyed after weaving. Waistband is separately woven warp-faced plain weave band with the ends braided in oblique interlacing. Constructed from 4 loom widths of fabric cut from the same bolt. Pleat, hem cording, hem facing and lower parts of seams are machine stitched. Waistband and gathers are hand stitched.

Physical description

Red gathered skirt with a colourful striped waistband and lime green cording on the lower edge. Placket opening at the waist with extensions of waistband as tie closures. One pleat, parallel to hem extends around the skirt. Inside of lower edge is faced with off-white fabric.