Chimu Tunic Fragment, Central Coast of Perus, 10th – 15th century.

A fascinating fragment which once composed the fringe of a complete tunic.  Adorned with men executed in varying colors throughout, the fine weave and lovely colors are evident throughout, uncompromised by the passage of time.  The length of this textile is 6’ (unfolded, not as pictured) and the width is four inches (without the fringe on the bottom).

The Chimú were the residents of Chimor, with its capital at the city of Chan Chan, a large adobe city in the Moche Valley of present-day Trujillo city. The culture arose about 900 AD. The Inca ruler Tupac Inca Yupanqui led a campaign which conquered the Chimú around 1470 AD
This was just fifty years before the arrival of the Spanish in the region. Consequently, Spanish chroniclers were able to record accounts of Chimú culture from individuals who had lived before the Inca conquest.

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