Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Yenny Quillahuamán Huarhua
    born 1974
    active: Peru
  • manta, 2008
  • Where object was made: Chinchero, Cuzco region, Peru
  • sheep wool, alpaca wool, cochineal dye, indigo dye, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 107.5 x 91 cm
    Object Length/Width: 42 5/16 x 35 13/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0151

Woven square. Made from two wovevn strips, sewn on one side, with a zig zag stitch in many colors: dark red, blue, yellow, green. Diamond pattern edging on all four sides.

Each woven element has two wide bands of decoration and a wide dark blue band. When the two elements are stitched together, it gives the appearance of a single thick decorated band in the middle, flanked by a dark blue band and another thick band of decoration on either end.

The decorated bands have a purple field and eight thin bands of decoration. One has a purlple zig zag and white field, the next is mostly white with purple diamonds and orange "figure 8" shapes, the next has green diamonds, the next has a zig zag in blue and black and stepped triangles in a zig zag pattern. The next is stacked chevrons ins mostly white and purple with a blue and tan stripe. The next is a repeating "S" shape in dark blue on green, the next looks like purple waves on a white field and the last is a diamond based design in mostly green, but with dark blue, and orange.