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backstrap for tensioning loom
  • Gladys Montes Espinoza
    active: Peru
  • backstrap for tensioning loom, 2007
  • Where object was made: Pitumarca, Cuzco region, Peru
  • wool, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 107 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 42 1/8 x 3 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0149

Long woven strip, doubled over, and loop handles sewn through the tube created by doubling. Black field with pink edge, narrow black strip and grey stripe. Band of black with white "S" shapes and groups of two parallel lines. Thin stripe of grey, black,and purple separates the middle band of decoration from the two side bands with "S" shapes. The middle band has blocks of alternating black and white field and the mostly diamond based designs in opposite color. Loop handles are purple on one side and white on the other with a zig zag in the contrasting color.