1850 – 1880s Alpaca Weaving, Llamas, Horses, Condors Designs
- 1850 – 1880s Alpaca Weaving, Llamas, Horses, Condors Designs
- This Is My Favorite Ancient, Andean Weaving.
- This fine of a weave is not produced today.
- It was collected in Calamarca, La Paz, Bolivia.
- It is Ex-Jeff Appleby collection, author of “Traditional Textiles Of The Andes, Life And Cloth In The Highlands”.
- The very finely woven handspun, alpaca piece is all natural dyes.
- It is a woman’s cape called an “Awayo” worn over the shoulders for warmth.
- It has 4 bands running the entire width of the textile that clearly depicts corn, the gateway to the temple of the sun..
- Also, there are bulls, horses, cows, condors with wings spread, and a man leading a horse.
- Two of the pictorial bands are 1/4″ wide and two of the pictorial bands are 2 1/2″ wide.
- Sometimes these clothes were used as mesa clothes for ground altars, as may be the case with this one.
- This is due to the condor and other designs significant in the religious overview of the Incas.
- As can be expected of a textile of this age, there are minor worn spots on the piece.
- This includes three 1 1/2″ x 1/8″ areas that have been rewoven, but overall it is in good condition for its age.
- Its imperfections can be clearly seen in the additional pictures by clicking onto the title.
- It is 3′ 6″ x 2′ 10″.
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