Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

backstrap loom with partially completed weaving
  • Guatemala
  • backstrap loom with partially completed weaving, late 1800s–1991
  • Where object was made: Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala
  • maguay yarn, wool yarn, wood, reed, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 49 x 34 cm
    Object Height/Width: 19 5/16 x 13 3/8 in
  • Gift of Allen A. Heflin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6773

The small loom has seven pieces of wood and reed, loaded with light colored maguay yarn warps. The partially woven piece has brightly colored wool fibers. The diagonal rows are red, orange, and green diamonds. There are three figures above the diamond portion (possibly monkeys) with long arms spread wide in red, orange, and green horizontal stripes.