Inca culture, unknown provenance
Inca Period, 1435-1532
Camelid hair, natural colors; warp-faced plain weave
49 x 12 cm
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Dr. Russell Ludwick. X71.1791
Source: Elena Phipps, The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth. Ancient Threads / New Directions. Fowler Museum Textile Series, No. 12, Los Angeles, 2013
Four selvages exist.
Typical of Inca coca bags, this example has stripes composed of natural colored alpaca hair: black, white, brown, and coffee color. These natural colors signify alliance with Pachamama, the earth mother revered by the Inca. Larger bags of this type are known, but this small one was woven specifically to be this size. The strap has broken, likely from use and has been tied together.