Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Inga (Sibundoy) peoples
  • headdress, late 1800s–1962
  • Where object was made: Sibundoy, Putumayo, Colombia
  • wool yarn, cotton, synthetic yarn, wood, foil, beads, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 102 x 45 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 40 3/16 x 17 11/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Orvel A. Criqui, on behalf of Dr. William Nolan
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7455

The headdress is made with two wooden hoops wrapped in light blue foil. Both hoops are wide and flat, with one oriented horizontally and one vertically. The outer hoop is wrapped with dyed yarn in bright pink, yellow and blue bands. The inner hoop is wrapped entirely with light blue yarn and then on top of that are criss-crossing yarns of yellow and pink. At the back of the headdress there are numerous long, woven wool bands that are wrapped around the hoops that drape down the wearer's back. The bands are made with a cotton warp and wool weft to create a variety of patterns of diamonds, zigzags, and spirals. The warp is undyed cotton and the wool wefts are done in combinations of red, green, orange, pink, and blue. At the bottom ends of most of the bands there are small strands of white seed beads with yarn pompoms in combinations of red, pink, green, blue, and orange. The other bands are simply tied off, with small tassels of yarn at the ends.