Woman's Mantle (lliclla)

Date: 17th–18th century

Geography: Peru

Culture: Peruvian

Medium: Camelid hair

Dimensions: H. 35 1/2 x W. 43 3/8 in. (90.2 x 110.2 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Bequest of Arthur M. Bullowa, 1993

Accession Number: 1994.35.67


Indigenous women in the Andes have continued to wear their traditional mantles, fastened by silver shawl pins, even in modern times. Although colonial-era weavers preserved the art of Inkan tapestry technique, they incorporated many European decorative motifs into their designs.

The wearing of copious quantities of lace imported from Spain was one of the features most frequently noted in contemporary colonial descriptions of well-to-do Peruvians' attire; the passion for this deluxe sartorial embellishment was echoed in the native tapestry weavers' ornamental vocabulary, as seen in the lace-patterned bands that define the horizontal registers of this shawl.