wool on linen warp
Museum no. 786-1884
The stylized designs made by skilled Peruvian weavers suit tapestry construction well. The weavers used mainly vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines rather than curves. Bright reds, browns and ochres were used with white and the shapes had a symbolic, often religious, meaning. The designs can be viewed from either end as figures and beasts face in two directions. The tapestries are made from two pieces, each the width of a loom or frame, joined together to match the pattern. The weft ends are interlocked where colours meet, so there are no slits.