Inca Loincloth (in minimalist style)
c.1400 AD, Inca culture
Woven, Camelid fibres, 110 x 110 cm
This almost perfectly preserved tunic embodies the ideals of the Inca-style through the geometric designs intricately with a minimalist. These esoteric and elusive designs had symbolic meanings, revealing the ethnic identity and social rank of the individual. This particular creation is separated into the Land of the Four Quarters. Another motif seen through this tunic is the diagonal key; however, the symbolic representation of this is unknown. Although all information regarding these symbols has not been obtained, the patterns and colours are standardised, offering information at a glance.
Weaving was specifically a female craft during the Inca reign; however, men occasionally partook in the craft when working with rougher fibres for more purposeful art. Unlike men, all women wove, ranging from common women to the wives of the emperor.