Old ceremonial cloth measuring approx. 26 x 32 inches
This type of small cloth is variously called tari or inkuna, depending on the use. They are made both for ceremonial and utilitarian function. This tari is made from handspun wool, with a mixture of sheep and llama wool, and hand-woven on an Andean loom in a single panel. The dyes appear to be entirely vegetal or natural color wool. I would guess the date to be ca. 1950-1970. There is a very simple tubular edging all around, which is really more like a criss-cross overlapping selvage. This has yielded a curling of the corners and edges, so that the cloth does not lie flat. The person from whom I bought it said it was of Quechua Indian origin, and made in the Potosi Department of Bolivia.
Condition is Very Good, with a very few loose threads on the selvage. The cloth is in "as found" condition, and shows some soiling and staining from ceremonial and utilitarian use. I have made no attempt to clean this textile.