Poncho
ca. 1850
60" x 56"
Textile, Alpaca wool with natural dyes
Region: Bolivia
Culture: Aymara Culture
The Pacajes people were expert alpaca breeders who chose only the finest, silkiest fibers for their ceremonial textiles. Special ponchos called challapatas were woven for the local chieftains or hilacatas. Most challapatas feature a dramatic black round interspersed by a range of narrow, monochrome stripes. In this unusual instance an indigo blue ground is complemented by red stripes of cochineal, one of the most common red dyes of Bolivia.