Textiles from the Andes

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A beautifully illustrated book that explores the intricate patterns and vibrant colors in textiles of the Andes from Colombia to northern Chile
In the world of the ancient Andes, textiles were often the most valuable commodity people possessed far beyond gold and silver and they were a major medium for conveying critical cultural meaning. For us, they are works of unsurpassed art and craftsmanship, and one of the greatest resources for studying these great civilizations.

Textiles from the Andes features a wealth of rare and exquisite pieces, many of great iconographic and technical importance, ranging in date from the Paracas to the Inka and Colonial periods, 200 BC to the late 18th century AD. Examples of contemporary Andean textiles complement the early pieces and illustrate the continuation of weaving traditions in the Andes.
The introduction discusses briefly how ancient Andean textiles have survived in desert graves for up to 2,000 years, setting them in their chronological, cultural and environmental context. The authors then explain their importance in reflecting and often affecting the political and religious beliefs of these cultures. They also look at the evidence of who made them, how and why.
Shows each textile in full and through a series of detailed photographs, allowing design enthusiasts and experts alike to get close-up and find inspiration for their own work

Includes glossary of technical analysis for designers and textile practitioners of all kinds

Authoritative introduction by an expert in the field provides a context for appreciating and enjoying the superb and varied designs

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Penelope Dransart studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of Wales. Her specialist interests include textiles, dress and identity. She is the author of Earth, Water, Fleece and Fabric (2002) and has done fieldwork among Aymara-speaking herders of llamas and alpacas in the highlands of northern Chile.
Helen Wolfe is the Textile Collections Manager in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas of the British Museum. She has presented numerous lectures, seminars and workshops on ethnographic textiles.

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The impeccable credentials of two British experts University of Wales professor Dransart, author of Earth, Water, Fleece and Fabric (2002), and the British Museum s Wolfe define the subject of, and explain the illustrations used in, this informative guide. Using the collection of the British Museum as their main inspiration, the authors set the stage by identifying the geography and time line on which they focus their survey of Andean textiles (Colombia to Chile, 200 BC to the late eighteenth century). Those unfamiliar with loom and off-loom weaving are treated to brief descriptions of color, techniques, and

structure, along with a narrative about the division of labor and rites of passage for weavers. This overview leads to examples and item-by-item descriptions (date, title, size, geography, description, and short commentary). Textile freaks and artists, enjoy!
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Lovers of textiles are sure to find a place for these reasonably priced books on their shelves ... turning each page is a surprise and a pleasure. --The World of Interiors

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