The art of being Diaguita

The textiles of the Angualasto culture give us an idea of how their Chilean contemporaries, the Diaguita, dressed.

While the humid climate of the Norte Chico prevented the preservation of any textiles from this era, the semi-arid environment of San Juan province, in Argentina, did help preserve some textiles in graves attributed to the Angualasto culture. These grave goods included tunics, ponchos and headbands with the same forms, colors and decorative designs as items of clothing depicted on Diaguita anthropomorphic duck-shaped pitchers. The common identity markers in their attire may indicate that these two cultures were linked and/or maintained trade relationships over time.