Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica and the Andes

9780292777149: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1996

61 b&w photos, 31 figures

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 527

University of Texas Press

Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica and the Andes

An Anthology

Paperback / £41.00

In this volume, anthropologists, art historians, fiber artists, and technologists come together to explore the meanings, uses, and fabrication of textiles in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia from Precolumbian times to the present. Originally published in 1991 by Garland Publishing, the book grew out of a 1987 symposium held in conjunction with the exhibit "Costume as Communication: Ethnographic Costumes and Textiles from Middle America and the Central Andes of South America" at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University.

  • Preface to the 1996 Edition
  • Contributors
  • I. Introduction: The Communicative Power of Cloth and Its Creation (Margot Blum Schevill)
  • II. Mesoamerica
    • Chapter One. Spinning and Weaving as Female Gender Identity in Post-Classic Mexico (Sharisse D. McCafferty and Geoffrey G. McCafferty)
    • Chapter Two. Communicative Imagery in Guatemalan Indian Dress (Cherri M. Pancake)
    • Chapter Three. A Line at a Time: Innovative Patterning in the Isthmus of (Isthmian) Mexico (Pamela Scheinman)
    • Chapter Four. Dress and Civil-Religious Hierarchy in Sololá, Guatemala (Guisela Mayén)
    • Chapter Five. Dress and the Human Landscape in Guatemala: The Case of Tecpán, Guatemala (Carol Hendrickson)
    • Chapter Six. Woman's Costume as a Code in Comalapa, Guatemala (Linda Asturias de Barrios)
  • III. Central Andes of South America
    • Chapter Seven. We Are Sons of Atahualpa and We Will Win: Traditional Dress in Otavalo and Saraguro, Ecuador (Lynn A. Meisch)
    • Chapter Eight. Regional Dress of the Colca Valley, Peru: A Dynamic Tradition
    • (Blenda Femenias)
    • Chapter Nine. Nature Versus Culture: The Image of the Uncivilized Wild-Man in Textiles from the Department of Cuzco, Peru (Lee Anne Wilson)
    • Chapter Ten. Clothes and Identity in the Central Andes: Province of Abancay, Peru (Raquel Ackerman)
    • Chapter Eleven. Ethnic Dress and Calcha Festivals, Bolivia (Mary Ann Medlin)
  • IV. Weaving and Dyeing Technology
    • Chapter Twelve. Dual-Lease Weaving: An Andean Loom Technology (Ed Franquemont)
    • Chapter Thirteen. Resist Dyeing in Mexico: Comments on Its History, Significance, and Prevalence (Virginia Davis)
    • Chapter Fourteen. The Ikat Shawl Traditions of Northern Peru and Southern Ecuador (Laura Martin Miller)
    • Chapter Fifteen. The Dyes Used in Guatemalan Textiles: A Diachronic Approach (Robert S. Carlsen and David A. Wenger)
  • V. The Marketing of Textiles
    • Chapter Sixteen. Export Markets and Their Effects on Indigenous Craft Production: The Case of the Weavers of Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico (Lynn Stephen)
    • Chapter Seventeen. The Marketing of Maya Textiles in Highland Chiapas, Mexico (Walter F. Morris, Jr.)
  • VI. Conclusion
    • Chapter Eighteen. Beyond Bricolage: Women and Aesthetic Strategies in Latin American Textiles (Janet Catherine Berlo)
  • Additional References
  • Glossary
  • Index

JANET CATHERINE BERLO is Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

Edward B. Dwyer is Professor of Anthropology at the Rhode Island School of Design.

"This is a vital, worthwhile book that fills an important need and is very much in phase with current anthropological thinking.... This anthology will be particularly rewarding to readers interested in traditional indigenous communities and the insight gleaned from a detailed consideration of cloth and clothing."

American Anthropologist

"The essays in this book are informative and a pleasure to read. Collectively they make the reader want to journey to Mesoamerica and the Andes to view in person the cloth and clothing of the indigenous communities."

Latin American Anthropology Review