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The Andean Science of Weaving

Structures and Techniques of Warp-faced Weaves

Denise Y. Arnold Elvira Espejo

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Thames & Hudson Ltd
01 June 2015
The warp-faced weaves of the Andes are the most complex in the world, with up to eight warp levels. While existing studies of Andean textiles use a technical language derived from other textile traditions, this book takes as its starting point the technical terms in the Aymara and Quechua languages used by Andean weavers themselves. The result is a completely new way of understanding one of the great craft traditions of the world.

The authors' work is truly groundbreaking. This is a highly technical book that sets out the authors' alternative classification system via tables, photographs and diagrams. But it is also a celebration of a brilliant and sophisticated weaving tradition. Each technique is described in detail, with technical details and historical development with accompanying photographs and some computer renderings.

Denise Y. Arnold and Elvira Espejo have worked with weavers across the region to understand this language and have studied more than 700 textile samples in museums and collections, from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara (ILCA) in La Paz.

It will be of great interest to practical weavers, museum curators, anthropologists, art historians, archaeologists, and anyone with a love for Latin America and its rich textile traditions.
By:   Denise Y. Arnold, Elvira Espejo
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 300mm,  Width: 230mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   2.310kg
ISBN:   9780500517925
ISBN 10:   0500517924
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 June 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Denise Y. Arnold is an international expert in Andean anthropology and has published widely on the culture, politics and traditions of the Andes. Elvira Espejo is Director of the Museum of Ethnography and Folklore in La Paz, Bolivia. She is a weaver, storyteller, poet and artist, and speaks Aymara and Quechua.

Reviews for The Andean Science of Weaving: Structures and Techniques of Warp-faced Weaves

Will inspire weavers. . . . The intricacy and artistry of the items, most of which are woven on simple equipment, is astonishing. The vocabulary of weaving is illustrated in the weavers native languages (Aymara and Quechua) as well as English and Spanish, and photographs of contemporary weavers illuminate the methods in action. The result is a volume that helps keep a vibrant and ancient culture alive.


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