Woman's waist sash - ROM2015_14431_25

ROM2015_14431_25

Woman's waist sash

Maker: Otomí culture
Medium:Silk tabby with warp ikat
Geography: Probably made in San Pedro Tolimán, State of Querétaro, Mexico
Date: 1875-1925
Dimensions:
162 x 5.5 cm
Object number: 2002.19.16
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Kent Newcomb. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
Not on view
Description

The weaver has tie-dyed selected warp threads to create a pattern (a technique called warp ikat). The cloth is folded over to form V-shaped ends. Two braided and tasseled strips complete the sash.

Although ikat was an important skill among Otomí weavers in parts of Querétaro, Hidalgo, and the Toluca Valley, it died out in the 1960s, probably because it is such a labour-intensive process.



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