) Peru, British Museum, # x [Oblique counter-twining. Probably loop braided - cf Mary Frame. Incredibly intricate flat braided textiles were produced in pre-Columbian cultures, but disappeared by the time of the Incas.
Twined basketry bag, probably used for storage of dried roots or berries. Plain twining with warps and wefts of willow bark. The design is comprised of horizontal bands of zigzags in overlay twining of corn husk. Southern Plateau culture area. Creator: Southern Plateau culture area Creation Date: 1880-1920 - Washington State Historical Society
The grand design of the largest part of the hupil (the bodice, neck-border, and sleeves have different traditional designs) represents time. The sun pausing at zenith is symbolically represented as a grand diamond, with the 4 sacred directions smaller ones. East (dawn) is above, West (evening) below. Pattern repetitions across the row means the sun passing across the sky, under the earth (which is metaphysical not just underground), and re-emerging at dawn the next day. ..
The Mayan Women in the rural area of Guatemala still weave the same way their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers have done for hundreds of years. They use a Lienso, a back-strap loom to weave cloth that is typically 12 to 24 inches wide. Woman in San Jorge