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servilletta (food cover)
  • Pokomam peoples
  • servilletta (food cover), late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: Palín, Escuintla, Guatemala
  • cotton, wool, weaving, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 78.5 x 74 cm
    Object Length/Width: 30 7/8 x 29 1/8 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6707

The large square of cotton cloth is embroidered with cotton and wool yarns. The cotton field is unbleached cotton or light brown. There are three thin red and blue stripes around the edges. Embroidered decoration covers the field, and sits between the woven stripes. Two sides of the square have zigzag on the outer edge in: red, yellow, dark blue, green, and bright pink. The stripe adjacent to the zigzag has wide red and dark blue ovals with contrast centers, in green, bright pink, purple, or yellow. The other two sides of the square have long chevrons in dark blue, yellow, red and green on the outer stripe. The inner stripe has dark blue and red ovals or circles with contrast centers in yellow, purple, bright pink, or green. The field is decorated with four rows of birds in profile in stripes of black, yellow, red, green, and blue. There are zigzags along the edges in the same colorations as the outside edges and dots fill the field in the same colors.