The Andean Tunic, 400 BCE–1800 CE

March 7–October 16, 2011

Arequipa and Nasca

Four tunics on view in the exhibition—which probably originated in the Arequipa area, further south and inland from the Paracas Peninsula—demonstrate the strong, straightforward color, complex design, impressive size, and demanding techniques that are all features of tunics in the early first millennium of the Common Era. Archaeologically the period is not well known today, but it is one that produced significant textiles. Nasca-style textiles, associated with the south coast region where the large Rio Grande de Nasca meets the sea, have a long history, with roots in coastal Paracas and an end under the influence of the highland Wari empire.