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tzut (carrying cloth)
  • unknown K'iche' (Quiché) maker
  • tzut (carrying cloth), late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: Chichicastenango, Quiché, Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 107 x 77 cm
    Object Length/Width: 42 1/8 x 30 5/16 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6713

The rectangle of cotton cloth is woven in two panels. It has red with stripes in yellow, light brown, brown, and dark brown. There are two rows of large scale embroidered decorations surrounded by small scale decorations. The top row has four chicken-like birds in dark yellow with light brown and yellow detail. The bottom row has female figures with bent arms at the hips and large triangular skirts. The figures are dark yellow with yellow and light brown detail. Small birds and small female figures are scattered across the field. The seam is embellished with blocks of color: dark purple, orange, white, and blue-green.