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.
The textiles are about 2,000 years old and come from tombs, where the textiles had been wrapped around mummified human beings. The dead had been placed in a seated position and then shrouded in several layers of beautiful textiles to form a funerary bundle. Most of the textiles in these funerary bundles were woven and embroidered garments. Objects from the Paracas civilization, located in what is now Peru, constitute a unique part of world heritage. Out of the total Paracas collection in Gothenburg, 89 textiles are formally owned by the City of Gothenburg. They are kept by the Museums of World Culture, along with other objects from Peru. The Museum of World Culture is responsible for their care and preservation and for making them available to researchers and the general public in and outside of Sweden.