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tzut (woman's carrying cloth)
  • Kaqchikel (Cakchiquel) peoples
  • tzut (woman's carrying cloth), late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: Sololá, Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 114.5 x 116 cm
    Object Length/Width: 45 1/16 x 45 11/16 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6712

The square of cotton cloth is woven in two panels. It has three broad stripes of field color with narrow stripes over the top. The outermost color is white with red stripes and thin green, yellow, green and white, and dark blue and white stripes. The next broad stripe of color is dark blue with red, thin green, dark blue and white, and thin yellow stripes. The innermost wide stripe is light brown with red, green, dark blue and white, and yellow stripes. The seam down the center, called a randa, is embellished with embroidered blocks of color: red, yellow, dark purple, and blue-green.

This would have been used for a variety of things, including covering one's head (folded and set atop the head rather than tied on), covering a basket, tying a baby to one's back, or wrapped as a cape for warmth.