1480–1635 (radiocarbon date, 95.4% probability)
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Cotton; plain weave, brocaded and complex alternating gauze with 3 or 5 shots of plain weave between gauze shots
Overall: 162.5 x 272 cm (64 x 107 1/16 in.); Mounted: 177.8 x 287 cm (70 x 113 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2005.5.1
The Chimú forged an empire that thrived until the 1460s, when the Inka incorporated it into their own imperial domain.
This garment embodies an important principle of the Chimú textile aesthetic: a love of combining different textures, some dense and sculptural and others so open and airy they are nearly invisible. (The hand-spun yarns are only .1 to .2 millimeters in diameter.) It also elegantly articulates the simplified, spare visual vocabulary that the Chimú favored, here geometric motifs.
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