Chimu red shirt (Unku)

Chimú Artisan900 A.D. - 1470 A.D.

Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum

Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum
Lima, Peru

Ceremonial shirt worn by a nobleman of the Chimu culture in special ceremonies, probably was placed on his grave. Piece made in kelim technique and ornamented with woven loops and tassel trim motives. This piece of clothing includes red, white, black, yellow, light green and dark brown, purple and pink colors.


  • Title: Chimu red shirt (Unku)
  • Creator: Chimú Artisan
  • Date Created: 900 A.D. - 1470 A.D.
  • Physical Location: Amano Precolumbian Textile Museum, Lima
  • Location Created: Trujillo, La Libertad, Perú
  • Physical Dimensions: Height 590 mm x Width 1260 mm
  • Provenance: Donation
  • Subject Keywords: Textile, Looping, Tapestry, Kelim, Chimú, Chimu
  • Type: Ceremonial clothing
  • External Link: Amano Precolumbian Textile Museum
  • Medium: Cotton thread and camelid fiber threads (probably alpaca) and vegetable dyes

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