costal (Bag)

About this object

History of use

Warp-faced fabrics with three or four selvedges are woven by women on the indigenous style loom, a staked-out horizontal ground loom, or an adjustable tension (body) loom. The technique and structure have pre-Conquest antecedents, and as in ancient times, the fabrics are used in their rectangular form without cutting or shaping. Striped woven sacks are the traditional containers for trading between areas of different altitude. They are also used for storing and carrying crops locally. Weavers use them to sit on or to spread beneath the ground loom and to store textiles in the house.


Sold by Esteban Huatta Cruz but made by his mother-in-law, Josepha Huatta Yucra. Used by the men of the family to carry beans, corn and potatoes down from their fields. 50 kilos can be carried on their backs with one hand on each upper corner.

Cultural context

Agriculture, domestic.

Specific techniques

Plain colour areas or stripes are warp-faced plain weave. Sheep's wool is z-spun and plied s; warp faced plain weave; construction is folded and sewing; running stitch used for side seams and closely spaced overcastting makes a ridged edging along the seam. The bottom of the bag has been darned many times. Extra yarns are crudely attached to the mouth for a closure.

Physical description

Bag, rectangular, with three dark brown vertical bands each flanked by two narrow stripes on a light brown background. Four yarn lengths are attached at the mouth for closing the sack.