Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Diaguita attire

Because of the humidity in the Near North region, any remnants of clothing left by the Diaguitas have since decomposed. However, we can deduce what they wore from the human figures painted on their ceramic vessels. These figures appear to be wearing headbands, while the V-shape under the head seems to indicate the neckline of an Andean tunic or unku and the band of geometric motifs painted at the base indicate the tunic’s reinforced edging. Other motifs found on Diaguita ceramic vessels also correspond to decorative elements found on their clothing.

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Diaguita attire.

Diaguita attire.

Diaguita attire.

“Duck-shaped” pitcher with dressed figure. Diaguita. MCHAP, 1640.

“Duck-shaped” pitcher with dressed figure. Diaguita. MCHAP, 1640.

“Duck-shaped” pitchers with dressed figures. Diaguita. Donación Santa Cruz-Yaconi, 0900.

“Duck-shaped” pitchers with dressed figures. Diaguita. Donación Santa Cruz-Yaconi, 0900.

Funerary urn with dressed figure. Diaguita. Donación Santa Cruz-Yaconi, 1400.

Diaguita woman attire. Illustration, José Pérez de Arce.