Monday, June 1, 2009

Large Guatemalan Textile

Accession Number: TR8616-20

Label 1: Conley, 11/4/86

Label 2: Guatemala, 12/86, Conley

This is a 14’ length of hand-woven cotton fabric. It has a deep red ground with a black and white check woven in. It is an unworked piece of fabric and the selvage edges are intact.

First the fabric was ironed. Then it was carefully cut into twelve even strips, each the full length of the fabric. Four of the strips were attached to a hand crank rope-making machine (a reproduction Meyer’s four strand machine). The machine is designed to twist the four strips in the same direction, at the same speed, independently of each other. At a certain point, the tension on the strips becomes such that they twist together, forming the rope. This was done three times. Using the same machine, the three lengths of rope were then twisted together to make a single piece of cable a little over 7’ long. Finally, for ease in hanging, an eye was spliced into one end.

The accession number has been embroidered onto the end of a fabric strip.

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