Shirt (camisa)

Object name

Date made

20th century

Place made


Brightly coloured embroidered men's shirt (camisa), made in Guatemala in the 20th century.

Content description

This men's shirt, called a 'camisa' in Spanish, was made in Guatemala in the 20th century. It is made of multicoloured, striped cotton produced on a backstrap loom, a typical method of textile production in Guatemala. The front and back of the shirt are both embroidered along the top half. Cotton threads in pink, green, blue, purple, orange, and white are used to create three lines of pattern: a line of six-pointed stars, a line of interwoven stripes, and a line of chevrons. An embroidered zigzag pattern adorns the shoulders of the open neck shirt. The neck is embellished with two lines of stem stitches. Near the top of each sleeve is a band of pattern, with a series of interwoven stripes made of interlocking blocks of satin stitches, flanked by a border of triangles and inverted triangles.

Guatemalan woven and embroidered textiles are often bright and richly patterned. Designs, weaving techniques, and materials vary from community to community within the country. This shirt was purchased in Guatemala in 1980.


width: 93cm
height: 74cm




Credit line

Gift of Dr Susanna Blackshaw in honour of Ada Reynolds Blackshaw, 2016.

Catalogue number


Other numbers

RSN 2207 A
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