X66.1968 and X86.2897 Needle cases

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Needle case (left)
Camarones, Chile
Pre Colombian, date unknown
Leather or skin
16 x 5 cm
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum purchase. X66.1968


Needle case (right)
Nasca culture, south coast of Peru
Early Intermediate Period, 100-600 CE
Reeds, cactus
13 x 3 cm
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas Jr. X86.2897


Cases such as these were used to protect fine needles.

Source: Elena Phipps, The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth. Ancient Threads / New Directions. Fowler Museum Textile Series, No. 12, Los Angeles, 2013