Ahuayo
ca 1850
32" x 42"
Textile, alpaca and natural dyes
Region: Oruro Province, Bolivia
Culture: Aymara Culture
Warp-faced plain weave with bands of complementary-warp weave. Omasuyos ahuayos are characterized by narrow bands with many small figures, both representational, such as people and animals, as well as symbolic, such as geometric motifs. The double zig-zag pattern with "eyes" comes from the Mollo cultrue (post-Tinhuanaco) from the east side of Lake Titicaca and the various "star" motifs show a connection with Chiribaya textiles of the south coast of Peru.