The Museum of World Culture in Göteborg has custody of a collection of textiles known as the Paracas Collection. These textiles were discovered on the Paracas peninsula in Peru at the beginning of the 20th century.
They are about 2,000 years old and come from looted graves. The dead had been placed in a seated posture and then shrouded in several layers of beautiful textiles to make up a funerary bundle. Most of the textiles in these funerary bundles were woven and embroidered garments.
Objects deriving from the Paracas culture in present day Peru make up a unique world heritage. Out of the total collection in Gothenburg, 89 textiles are formally owned by the City of Gothenburg. They are kept in the Museum of World Culture, alongside other obejcts from the Paracas culture. The Museum of World Culture is responsible for their care and preservation and for making them accessible to research and the general public in and outside of Sweden.