Examining An Ancient Textile
A plain-weave cotton band or belt just under an inch (2.2 centimeters) wide. This piece dates back between 3,455 years ago and 4,107 years ago. The center of the band is made from yarn dyed with indigo blue, intertwined with yarn died ochre-yellow.
"They had a pretty nice palette" of colors, Splitstoser said: Blue from indigo, red and yellow from orchre, and brown, tan, white and off-white from cotton and milkweed fibers.