Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 100 CE. A gorgeous and extremely long slender sash comprised of tightly-woven camelid (alpaca and llama wool) fibers in hues of gold, crimson, rose, cream, sienna, and chocolate brown. The sash displays a wonderful stepped chevron pattern and is artistically arranged/folded in such a way that the juxtaposed patterns result in "x" and cross motifs. Each end presents a long chocolate brown tassel. Size: 27.75" W x 7.375" H (70.5 cm x 18.7 cm); 42.5" W x 25" H (108 cm x 63.5 cm) including fabric mount
Andean textile art began as early as the third millennium BCE and continued to be a medium of artistic expression as well as a medium used for communicating cultural information - religious, social, and political - for thousands of years. Interestingly, in Peru, fabric art preceded ceramics by more than a thousand years. Sometimes designs were painted onto the fabric, sometimes they were embroidered, and sometimes they were woven into the fabric, as we see in this example.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany, collected in the 1950s to 1960s
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Areas of fraying and loss, and some light staining. A few areas of stitched repairs. Vibrant pigmentation throughout.