All color areas have distinct edges. The fragment has all four selvages preserved.
This small unit is woven in discontinuous warp and weft. The curvilinear designs of the bird’s head together with the step and wave pattern – often seen in textiles from the south coast of this period – follow the grid format of the woven cloth. This was perhaps a practice piece made so the artisan could understand how to construct such a complex weaving where each area, including the dark outline composed of only two threads, has its own set of warps and wefts in the appropriate colors: cochineal red, indigo blue, yellow-brown, and white.
Source: Elena Phipps, The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth. Ancient Threads / New Directions. Fowler Museum Textile Series, No. 12, Los Angeles, 2013