The embroidered surface is probably a cotton textile. The fragment was produced with dyed animal fibre from llamas, alpacas or vicunas (all members of the camelid family), which absorb dye more easily than cotton, producing more vivid colours. This object, still with its vibrant colours, dates to the Early Intermediate Period (400BC to 500AD) and was excavated in Nazca, Peru.
Purchased at auction in 1934.
Accession number: 1934.70.39