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tzut (woman's carrying cloth)
  • Kaqchikel (Cakchiquel) peoples
  • tzut (woman's carrying cloth), late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 83 x 70 cm
    Object Length/Width: 32 11/16 x 27 9/16 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6709
Description
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The square of cotton cloth is woven in two segments. It is dark blue with stripes in one direction in: red, white, purple, black, green, light blue, and dark blue. The stripes are clustered on the edges of each original woven strip (resulting in a very wide stripe when sewn together) and a narrower cluster between. Bands of decorations are embroidered in the opposite direction. There are eight pointed stars at either end of the cloth in light purple, white, and dark pink, each with contrasting detail. There are rows of diamonds in white, dark green, yellow, and purple with a purple or bright pink dot in the center. There are two rows of an unidentified animal with a curved body in purple, red, and white with a yellow or red eye. The center stripe is paired birds (facing each other with beaks touching) in dark pink, yellow, puprle, red, and green with a contrast eye. There is a white wave-like line above and below.

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.