Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Urarina maker
  • loom, late 1800s–1996
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • wood, plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: a x 91.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: a x 36 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 128 x 13 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 50 3/8 x 5 1/8 in
    Object Length/Width: c 106.5 x 10.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: c 41 7/8 x 4 1/8 in
    Object Length/Diameter: d 92 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: d 36 1/4 x 1 15/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: e 89 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: e 35 1/16 x 9/16 in
    Object Length/Width: f 66 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: f 26 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5174.a-f

The loom contains a partially woven mat.

The mat is light natural with vertical red stripes and thin brown stripes on each red. The unwoven plant fibers are the same color.

There are multiple pieces of the loom consisting of:

2007.5175.a is the flat wooden board with a partially woven mat and all of the unwoven plant fiber. The length of wood has a notch at either end.

2007.5175.b is a large, long piece of wood, round in cross section with a groove at each end. I think there is a twisted plant fiber cord tied round each end.

2007.5175.c is a flat piece of wood with a straight edge and an arched edge. It is dark brown.

2007.5175.d is a long piece of wood with a triangular cross section. It is light brown.

2007.5175.e,f are two very dark brown sticks of a relatively small diameter.