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tzut (men's carrying cloth)
  • Quiché peoples
  • tzut (men's carrying cloth), late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: Chichicastenango, Quiché, Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, dyeing, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width: 63 x 58 cm
    Object Length/Width: 24 13/16 x 22 13/16 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6718

The square of cloth is woven in two pieces and sewn down the middle. It is red with thin dark blue stripes. The seam is embellished with blocks of embroidery in red, dark yellow, yellow, and green. There are five rows of embroidered decoration. The top and bottom rows are four-legged animals in yellow and dark yellow with green, brown, white, and light brown detail. The second row from the top has three birds, and three four-legged animals in dark yellow, green, yellow, and white with contrast details. The center row has a female figure wearing skirts in yellow, dark yellow, green, and pink. The blouses are blue, black, white, dark brown, blue-green, bright pink and white. The row second from the bottom has four-legged animals in dark yellow, white, light brown, yellow, green, and dark brown.