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Utility cloth (tzute)

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Two paneled Tzute or Utility cloth woven on a back strap loom. Each of the panels has a blue ground and is brocaded with jaguars, squirrels, butterflies, stars, corn plants, and sacrificed turkeys. The selvedge is on all four sides of the panel and the hand embroidered randa joins both panels...

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Purchased by donor on March 21, 2007 via internet from Casa de Artes, Antigua, Guatemala; Gift to MFA June 27, 2007

Credit Line

Gift of William Pirl and Steven Satren in honor of their sons, Jared and Seth

Guatemalan, 1970s

Object Place

Santo Domingo Xenacoj, Sacatepequez, Guatemala


Height x width: 64 x 24 in. (162.6 x 61 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave with supplementary Cotton and silk patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts