Tapestry-woven band with warriors (fragment from a tunic)
Moche culture, north coast of Peru
Early Intermediate Period, 100-800 CE
Cotton warp (Z-plied), camelid-hair weft (Z-spun, S-plied), dyed; tapestry weave with slit and dovetail joins
124 x 19 cm
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas Jr. X86.2935
Source: Elena Phipps, The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth. Ancient Threads / New Directions. Fowler Museum Textile Series, No. 12, Los Angeles, 2013
This separately woven band has three of its four selvages preserved.
This bold Moche figures on this band wear elaborate headdresses, and each holds a shell in one hand and a long staff in the other. Carrying their accoutrements, they appear to be walking in a kind of ritual procession. The figures are composed in tapestry weave with color blocks formed using slits that create openings in the cloth. This band, woven separately as a complete section, would have been added to the lower part of a tunic. The complete section, would have been added to the lower part of a tunic. The zigzag design along the lower edge would have created the finishing touch.