Tunic or Unku
Arts of the Americas
The Inca considered textiles more valuable than precious metals or gems. Textiles were symbols of power; clothing styles and designs identified a wearer’s social status. Rulers wore the finest tapestry-weave garments, called cumbi, such as the tunic displayed here. The unusual vicuña fringe on this tunic may have been added later.
In order to guarantee a supply of fine textiles, the Inca expanded herding and textile production into a state policy, setting up weaving workshops and collecting labor taxes in the form of woven garments.
Camelid fiber, vincuna fringe
Middle Horizon Period
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Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund
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Inca. Tunic or Unku, 1400-1532. Camelid fiber, vincuna fringe, 35 7/16 x 31 1/8 in. (90 x 79 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 41.1275.106. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.41.1275.106.jpg)
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