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Camelid Fiber Collection

Camelid Fiber: A Journey through Ancient Textiles Step into the captivating world of camelid fiber

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Tunic Fragments with Bird-Headed Creature, 600-1000. Creator: Unknown

Tunic Fragments with Bird-Headed Creature, 600-1000. Creator: Unknown
Tunic Fragments with Bird-Headed Creature, 600-1000. The bird-headed creature in profile that repeats in each of this tunics design fields gazes upward

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Tunic with Sacrificer, 600-1000. Creator: Unknown

Tunic with Sacrificer, 600-1000. Creator: Unknown
Tunic with Sacrificer, 600-1000. An extremely abstract supernatural sacrifice repeats in different colours and orientations across the body of this tunic

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Mantle, c. 300 BC-AD 200. Creator: Unknown

Mantle, c. 300 BC-AD 200. Creator: Unknown
Mantle, c. 300 BC-AD 200. Buried in shaft-tombs or rectangular sunken chambers, the Paracas dead were wrapped in layers of cloth and were accompanied by pottery, food, and other offerings

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Loincloth with Feather(?) Motifs, 1000-1532. Creator: Unknown

Loincloth with Feather(?) Motifs, 1000-1532. Creator: Unknown
Loincloth with Feather(?) Motifs, 1000-1532

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Sleeved Tunic, 1460s-1532. Creator: Unknown

Sleeved Tunic, 1460s-1532. Creator: Unknown
Sleeved Tunic, 1460s-1532. The Chancay people of Perus central coast created one of the ancient Andes best-known textile legacies--artistically elaborate tunics and loincloths worn by men

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Border Fragment with Birds and Flowers, 100 BC-700. Creator: Unknown

Border Fragment with Birds and Flowers, 100 BC-700. Creator: Unknown
Border Fragment with Birds and Flowers, 100 BC-700

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Dress, c. 1100-1532. Creator: Unknown

Dress, c. 1100-1532. Creator: Unknown
Dress, c. 1100-1532

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Panel from the End of a Sash, 700 BC-1. Creator: Unknown

Panel from the End of a Sash, 700 BC-1. Creator: Unknown
Panel from the End of a Sash, 700 BC-1

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Mantle 300 BC-AD 200 Peru South Coast Paracas

Mantle 300 BC-AD 200 Peru South Coast Paracas
Mantle, c. 300 BC-AD 200. Peru, South Coast, Paracas, Cavernas Style, 3rd-2nd Century BC. Plain weave with embroidery; camelid fiber; average: 160 x 297.2 cm (63 x 117 in.)

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Textile Fragment Frontal Deity Heads Felines

Textile Fragment Frontal Deity Heads Felines
Textile Fragment with Frontal Deity Heads, Felines, and Interlace Pattern, 700 BC- 400 BC. Peru, South Coast, Paracas (700 BC - 1 AD), Yauca Valley?

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Panel Sash 700 BC-1 Peru South Coast Paracas

Panel Sash 700 BC-1 Peru South Coast Paracas
Panel from the End of a Sash, 700 BC-1. Peru, South Coast, Paracas (700 BC - AD 1), Carhua or Chucho?. Cotton; camelid fiber; tapestry and plain-weave; overall: 26 x 16.3 cm (10 1/4 x 6 7/16 in.)

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Textile Fragment Interlace Pattern 700-400 BC

Textile Fragment Interlace Pattern 700-400 BC
Textile Fragment with Interlace Pattern, 700-400 BC. Peru, South Coast, Paracas (700 BC - AD 1), Yauca Valley?. Camelid fiber and cotton; brocaded plain-weave; overall

Background imageCamelid Fiber Collection: Tunic 300 BC-AD 200 Peru South Coast Paracas

Tunic 300 BC-AD 200 Peru South Coast Paracas
Tunic, c. 300 BC-AD 200. Peru, South Coast, Paracas, Cavernas Style, 3rd-2nd Century BC. Plain weave with embroidery, plain weave with warp substitution; camelid fiber; overall


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Camelid Fiber: A Journey through Ancient Textiles Step into the captivating world of camelid fiber, where ancient civilizations wove intricate tales with their skilled hands. From tunic fragments adorned with bird-headed creatures to mantles embellished with sacrificial scenes, these enigmatic creations offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of history. Dating back to 600-1000 AD, tunic fragments featuring bird-headed creatures showcase the mastery of unknown creators. These remnants whisper stories of mythical beings and fantastical realms, leaving us in awe of their imagination and craftsmanship. Intriguingly, a loincloth from 1000-1532 AD boasts feather motifs that hint at an intimate connection between humans and nature. Was it worn by a revered figure or perhaps used in ceremonial rituals? The answers lie hidden within its delicate threads. Moving forward in time, we encounter a sleeved tunic from the late 15th century to early 16th century. Its creator remains anonymous but left behind an exquisite garment that speaks volumes about fashion trends during this period. How did this attire reflect societal norms or personal style choices? As we explore further, our eyes are drawn to border fragments depicting birds and flowers from various eras - ranging from 100 BC to 700 AD. These vibrant designs not only celebrate nature's beauty but also symbolize cultural beliefs and spiritual connections cherished by those who wore them. Delving deeper into South American history, we discover a mantle originating from Peru's South Coast Paracas region around 300 BC-200 AD. This extraordinary piece showcases intricate patterns inspired by felines and frontal deity heads—an artistic testament to the reverence for divine forces prevalent in ancient societies. Amongst these remarkable textiles lies another fragment—a panel extracted from the end of a sash dating back as far as 700 BC-1 AD—its purpose shrouded in mystery yet undeniably captivating. What role did this fragment play in the lives of its ancient owners.