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South American Artifacts

Decorative Textile Panel

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Peruvian Andes decorative textile panel


Item-Description:Peruvian Andes decorative textile panel
Medium:Cotton and camiled wool
Origin:Peruvian Andes - Aymara
Dimensions:Height, 88 cm, width 63 cm
Age:Mid 20th century
Provenance:Field collected Puno Peruvian Andes 1974
Condition:Good, one end slightly unravelled
Notes:Complex woven textiles have been a continuing tradition in both the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes for many generations, from the Pre-Columbian era to the present day. They have also served a wide variety of functions, from clothing, carriers for babies and other valuables, for ritualistic and ceremonial purposes, for communicating status, for exchange, for amour and for burial (wrapping of the dead). Arid desert conditions in the Peruvian coastal regions have preserved dyed textiles as old as 6,000 years.

The most common weaving method was the back strap loom. Natural and later synthetic cotton was the main warp material, dyed camelid weft threads adding structural strength. Camelid hair is very permeable allowing natural plant based and other dyes to be fixed easily.

This is an attractive Peruvian Andean decorative textile panel purchased in Puno, close to the Peru Bolivian border, in 1974 and woven by local Lake Titicaca Aymara Indians. Its warp is fine commercial cotton with a weft of mainly natural (off white), light to dark brown and black Llama wool. The panel shows 5 perched Andean Flicker birds (Colaptes rupicola). A bowl, presumably containing water or bird feed, is shown at the base of the perch.

Price: £120