Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Kaqchikel (Cakchiquel) maker
  • jacket, late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: Comalapa, Chimaltenango,Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, dyeing, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width: 44.5 x 87 cm width from cuff to cuff
    Object Height/Width: 17 1/2 x 34 1/4 in width from cuff to cuff
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6724

The short red jacket has 3/4 length sleeves. It has no collar and is heavily embroidered with decoration. It has a wide red stripe at the top. The thin embroidered stripes are dark blue, grey, red, yellow, green, orange, and purple above the wide red stripe. The remainder of the jacket body and sleeves are embroidered in horizontal bands.

There is a band of smaller thin stripes in dark blue/white, pink, green, yellow, red, and a brown band with four-legged animals in black, bright pink, light green, purple, white, and dark purple, all with detail in a constrasting color. There is another band of thin stripes below in green, yellow, pink, purple, and orange. The band of small diamonds are bright pink, orange, white, yellow, purple, blue-green. There is another band of thin stripes (the same as the top band) and a brown band with an S-like design in blue-green, dark purple, orange, green, white, bright pink, and light blue green. The bottom is edged in thin stripes.