I bought this apparently old apparently Peruvian poncho a number of years ago. I have had it stashed away but recently got it out wondering how I could either display it or make it usable as perhaps a lap robe or something without damaging it, but changing it enough to use.
The question is, what constitutes damage when a piece has been altered and repaired as much as this.
I've never been convinced that the fringe is original, because it doesn't even remotely match the colours of the piece itself. And I don't really like the fringe at all. I do think the edge band is original, and the fringe just threaded into it and not the actual warp (or weft? I get confused) thread.
I would appreciate some input: Would you remove the fringe? Would you pull the threads from the edge band or just remove the edge band? Would you use this at all, or just hang it for display?
I'll try to add some close-up photos later if necessary, as my first batch turned out fuzzy.