Underwear

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. Full length underwear and trousers were adopted by the men on Taquile after 1925. Prior to that, they wore mid-calf and knee-length trousers. After age 3-4, boys cease wearing the flaring wrap-around skirt and begin wearing full length trousers and underwear.

Narrative

Bought from Augustin Quispe Mamani who wove and sewed them for his own use.

Cultural context

Everyday; men.

Specific techniques

Z spun sheep's wool yarn in balanced plain weave; cut and assembled with machine stitching. Washed once with soap which has only partially removed the natural oil.

Physical description

Long underwear made of off-white wool with pockets inset at the side seam, loops at the waistband, and an overlapping front placket.