Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Inka - Artifact #2

Coca bag - Inka

WHO: Inka culture

WHERE: Coast, Peru

WHEN: Late Horizon Period, A.D. 1450-1550

WHAT: Coca bag, woven in natural camelid colours. It may have been produced under the Inka m'ita (taxation) system. The Inka required everyone, including children and the elderly, to weave and to spin fibre into thread.
Bag width: 19 cm

HOW: Warp-faced plain weave (bag); complementary warp weave (strap); cross-knit loop stitch (edging). Woven in natural and dyed (yellow) camelid colours.

MUSEUM: Textile Museum of Canada. T94.1000

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