Ahuayo (woman's mantle)
Aymara culture, Potosi/Oruro, Bolivia
Camelid yarns, natural dyes
47.5" 120.6 cm) high by 43" (109.2 cm) wide
The weaving of this piece is unique to the Aymara people because of their use of chimi, which are two-ply, bi-chrome yarns. In the ground of this piece, there are three colors: cochineal, gray and brown, twisted and used as one warp thread. The result is a luminous blend of color that would be impossible to achieve any other way. Good condition, with an area of reweaving at bottom edge.