Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Guatemala
  • placemat, late 1800s–2000
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width: 42.5 x 29 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 3/4 x 11 7/16 in
  • Gift of William and Shirley Griffith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6755.09

The small rectangle is made of unbleached cotton. It has a thin red line near the perimeter. The upper facing left corner has a woman kneeling in front of a backstrap loom. The loom is threaded with red and black strings. The weaver has black hair, covered with a red hat. She is wearing a white shirt with red, light purple, and green detail. Her skirt is red with black and white windowpane check.