Davies and Fini, who run the TUMI Latin American Arts and Crafts Centers and reside in England, have taken on the gargantuan task of covering native arts, past and present, for all of South America in this slender volume. Simplistic and uncritical, their text is most successful when descibing contemporary artisans, traditional motifs, and techniques. Chapters investigate textiles and costumes, jewelry and metalwork, basketry, hats and bags, and pottery. Illustrations, particularly the 169 color photos, help to enliven the text, while a reference section offers advice on collecting, sources, a glossary, and a short bibliography. This is a passable overview for collectors and travelers, but research collections will be better served by a variety of more focused studies such as Laurie Adelson and Arthur Tracht's Aymara Weavings: Ceremonial Textiles of Colonial and 19th Century Boliva (SITES, 1983).?Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Book Description Thames & Hudson, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0500277982