Woven

Here are two more examples of ethnographic textiles from the Anthroplogy Lab.

woven belt

TU1966.1-123, chinaxeti (belt)

This Kaxinawá hipband was collected by Kenneth Kensinger in the 1960s.  The Kaxinawá live in the Amazon jungle of eastern Peru.  This piece was woven by the wife of a chief and is made of natural, raw, white cotton.  The design, called meander, is a repeated geometric pattern that was decided upon in advance by the weaver. A wrapping technique produced the raised design elements which add to the overall texture of the piece.

woven belt detail

detail of weave

hipband

TU1966.1-36, chinaxeti xetaya (belt, with teeth), decorated with 120 monkey teeth

The hipband shown above is also cotton.  The band woven pattern produces a striped effect along which the weaver attached monkey teeth.  The teeth were drilled and attached with the same material.  This piece, also from the Kensinger collection, was made by a man named Didu and his wife.  The teeth are from the capuchin monkey and are a symbol of hunting skills.

hipband detail

detail of band weaving

Special thanks again to Heather Veneziano who supplied much of this information. 

Related entries:

Basketry

Working with animal hair

Monkey teeth necklace

The Fibers Studio at Temple

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