Small female dress


Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

This small textile served as a dress for either a young Inca (Inka) female or a figurine. The textile features wide cream and red bands with blue stripes, as well as red, blue, and yellow designs. These colors and zigzag designs with circles were common to elite Inca textiles. A larger dress of near identical composition was recovered from the south-central coast site of Pachacamac. Inca dresses were wrapped around the body and pinned over both shoulders, while mantles were wrapped around the shoulders and pinned together over the chest. Both types were likely worn with the stripes set horizontal to the individual.

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  • Title: Small female dress
  • Date Created: 1400–1540
  • Physical Dimensions: 23 x 19 1/2 in. (58.42 x 49.53 cm)
  • Type: Textiles
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5336424/
  • Medium: Camelid fiber and cotton
  • period: Late Horizon
  • culture: Inca (Inka)
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Nora and John Wise Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jake L. Hamon, the Eugene McDermott Family, Mr. and Mrs. Algur H. Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated, and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Murchison