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  • Peru
  • skirt, late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: between Cusco and Puno, Peru
  • wool, thread, embroidering, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 66.5 x 114 cm
    Object Height/Width: 26 3/16 x 44 7/8 in
  • Gift of Julian Holtzman
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6693

The skirt is made from loosely woven black wool. It is red, white, and green plaid at the waistband with woven ties in the same colors with yellow. The skirt has two bands of machine embroidery in white. The top band resembles simple leaves, the bottom band is a zigzag with a curclicue and two white circles in each space of the zigzag. The bottom edge of the skirt has a woven band in red with a diamond pattern in white, yellow, and light green. Three woven bands above the edge are clustered to look like one wider band. The center has blocks of red, yellow, dark purple, bright pink, and dark green with a white diamond over the top. The bands on either side are green with white diamonds, yellow zigzags and red "x's" or diamonds. One band is made of white rickrack.