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tzut (men's carrying cloth)
  • Kaqchikel (Cakchiquel) peoples
  • tzut (men's carrying cloth), late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: Sololá, Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 98.5 x 102 cm
    Object Length/Width: 38 3/4 x 40 3/16 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6711

The square of cotton cloth is woven in two panels. It is red with thin green stripes, dark blue and white stripes, and very thin yellow stripes. The seam down the center, called a randa, is embellished with blocks of solid color: purple, light blue-green, white, and yellow. There are two stripes of embroidered triangles in various configurations along either side of the center seam in white, purple, light blue-green, yellow, and dark blue. There is a light blue-green and white zigzag and a light blue-green plant like design too. The embroidered designs scattered over the surface include chevrons in yellow and dark blue, white and purple, and blue-green and purple. There are bowtie shapes and a leaf-like shape in the same colors.