Loin cloth fragment

ChimĂș people buried their elite with large quantities of textiles. The discoloured areas on this loin cloth are a result of contact with a decomposing body. The central figure wears a crescent headdress that evokes the moon, the principal ChimĂș deity. The moon was considered mightier than the sun because it appeared in both the daytime and nighttime sky.

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How is this loin cloth different than everyday loin cloths and those from other parts of the world?

responded: Jul 11, 2010

Posted by Elise

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Many loin cloths elsewhere were of a plain material or leather. It is interesting that there is a large image woven into this one, it is rare to see one main image woven into the cloth instead of a repeating pattern or just a border.

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