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Culture:Quechua or Aymara
Title:Lliclla (woman's mantle)
Date Made:19th century or early 20th century
Place Made:South America; Peru
Accession Number:  MH SK 2006.2388.INV
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
Museum Collection:  The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College

Lliclla, a Quechua woman's mantle, handwoven on a backstrap loom. Qocha (lit. "lake," the repeated diamond shaped motifs) are each filled with four potato flower motifs. The qocha is understood to be a storehouse for sacred waters. The number four is also significant in Quechua cosmology. The weaving style appears similar to those found around Ausangate or Calca. Qocha and potato flowers woven in red and white. Strips of pink and blue as well as yellow and orange are woven through the middle of the qocha. The lliclla's top and bottom a green and orange unfilled qocha pattern. Bound with pink edging. Looks to be mostly natural dye.

indigenous people; textile fabrics; clothing

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