Utilitarian cloth (Tzute)

Guatemalan, possibly Quiche, Sacapulas
early 20th century

Object Place: Sacapulas, Quiche, Guatemala


Overall: 105.4 x 142.2 cm (41 1/2 x 56 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave embroidered with silk or rayon, wool and cotton

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Red square utilitarian cloth used as a headscarf, baby carrier or sling of cotton woven on a back-strape loom. Two panels stitched together and embroidered wiht flowers in chain stitch with lavendar and gold silk or rayon, white cotton and white wool.


1970, sold by Frances Pratt, to Jack Lenor Larsen, New York; by about 2000, sold by Larsen to Thomas Murray, Mill Valley, CA; about 2000, exchanged by Thomas Murray with Jeff Spurr, Cambridge, MA; 2012, gift of Jeff Spurr to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 27, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Jeffrey B. Spurr in memory of Mary Hunt Kahlenberg