Usage – ways of dressing and others
After exploring the different factors that are involved in decorative development, some examples allow the evocation of the role and place that fabrics play in the social life, as marks of identity, such as elements of profane or religious rituals or as vectors of artistic expression.
The majority of decorated fabrics that enter into social rituals, or have a symbolic function with their patterns or colours, are mainly clothing but they can also have other profane or ceremonial uses.
Fragment Peru, Central/North Coast, Chancay/Chimu Culture (around 1100-1450) Strong Z-twist cotton Louis Capitan Bequest 71.1930.19.508
South American archeological fabrics all come from burials. Climatic conditions have favoured their conservation. Nevertheless, it is difficult to know its usage. The presence of sewing together two pieces of crepe chiffon cloth, four woven selvages, suggests that it could be used as a funeral cloak, manto. The reserve has been carried out knot tying, dyeing and by oblique stitch sewing on pleats, two dye baths, yellow-brown and red, then followed. 50x40 cm