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Tunic

Date:
700–850
Geography:
Peru
Culture:
Wari
Medium:
Camelid hair
Dimensions:
H. 34 x W. 46 in. (86.4 x 116.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Gift of Rosetta and Louis Slavitz, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.488.3
Not on view
The so-called patchwork tunics of Peru, which date from the eighth to ninth century, comprise individual pieces of fabric that were woven exactly to shape and dyed before being sewn together. Their brilliantly hued patterns are often complex, with diagonal repeats of specifically colored patches that make for intriguing combinations and a lively surface. These lightweight tunics were woven from the hair of Andean camelids such as the alpaca, a kind of fiber that can be dyed to intense color.

This tunic is among the oldest patchwork textiles in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum.
Rosetta and Louis Slavitz, New York, before 1979 until 1986

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