Art of the Americas - Kawa Ponchito, Aymara culture, Bolivia

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Kawa Ponchito, Aymara culture, Bolivia

Kawa ponchito (small poncho)
Aymara culture, Southern Altiplano region, Bolivia
Camelid wool yarns (alpaca, llama and vicuna), natural dyes
Late 18th century or before
47" (119.4 cm) high by 37" (94 cm) wide
Three small restored holes, professionally mounted.
The weaving of this piece is unique to the Aymara people because of their use of chimi, which are two-ply, bi-chrome yarns, here, one cochineal and one 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.



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