Dumbarton Oaks Poly Chiffon Inka Tunic Scarf

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The variety of patterns and colors, the squares or t’-oqapu, may have represented specific symbols, similar to the knotted khipu cords that the Inkas used to record information.  Garments bearing this design often communicated the high status of the wearer.

Fabric:  Poly Chiffon

Size:  68” L x 21” W


All-t’oqapu tunic

Inka, Late Horizon, 1440-1540 BC

Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Collection.


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