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. This is a very traditional bag form throughout the Andes extending back to ancient times. It is frequently used for carrying seeds during planting. Children also use it for carrying books or food to school.


Made by Josepha Huatta Yucra and used by her children for carrying food and notebooks to school. The inside of the bag was encrusted with parched flour or grain.

Cultural context

Children; everyday.

Specific techniques

Plain colour areas or stripes are warp-faced plain weave.

Physical description

Rectangular bag with vertical stripes and cord handle constructed from one, four selvedge piece of warp-faced fabric. Wide black stripes flanked by narrow ones are near the edges and two pairs of narrow red stripes are centrally placed on a background of light brown. The side seams are overcast and the bag mouth is reinforced with overcastting.