Diamond waistband tunic fragment


Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

This “diamond waistband” tunic fragment reflects the high standardization of Inca tapestry textiles. It bears a zigzag embroidery at the base, as well as a striped selvage, or edge, completion. Unlike the other tapestry-woven Inca uncu, however, the “diamond waistband” tunics regularly utilize cotton warps with camelid fiber wefts. The cotton use may suggest a coastal origin, as well as potentially signify lesser prestige in Inca society. Diamond waistband tunics have been recovered from both high-altitude capacocha burials and coastal ritual centers, such as Pachacamac, confirming their status in Late Horizon textile production. Fragments of these tunics were preserved and reused—for example, as coca bags—suggesting that the diamond band maintained social value beyond the tunic itself.

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  • Title: Diamond waistband tunic fragment
  • Date Created: 1400–1534
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm) Width: 58 in. (147.32 cm)
  • Type: Textiles
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5336833/
  • Medium: Cotton and camelid fiber
  • period: Late Horizon
  • culture: Inca (Inka)
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of Nora Wise