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chumpi (woven belt or strap)
  • Peru
  • chumpi (woven belt or strap), circa 1930
  • Where object was made: Chalwawachu, Apurima, Peru
  • alpaca wool, llama wool, weaving, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 146 x 11.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 57 1/2 x 4 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0139
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Description
Exhibitions

Woven strap with three bands of decoration, and a two part border, The border is black and white chevrons on the very edge, and pink and green blocks with a yellow zig zag adjacent to the edge strip. The middle decorative band alternates red and green blocks, with a stepped diamond in the contrasting color, and outlined in yellow. The band on either side of the middle has a striped field (in red, green, pink, dark blue, orange, and dark red) with complex white designs, mostly chevrons or triangle based, but there are some curlicues. Braided fringe (only at one end) appears to have been sewn into a solid panel.