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Andean Textile Traditions

Andean Textile Traditions
Papers from the 2001 Mayer Center Symposium at the Denver Art Museum
Foreword by Lewis Sharp

From the Denver Art Museum, a beautifully illustrated volume of essays about Andean textiles

Denver Art Museum
January 2006
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192 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 | 139 color and b&w illus. |

The Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum sponsors annual symposia in these two fields of art. This volume presents essays on Andean textiles from the 2001 symposium. Color reproductions of many of these works illustrate the essays, which include:


  • Weaving Principles for Life: Discontinuous Warp and Weft Textiles of Ancient Peru by Jane W. Rehl, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Class, Control, and Power: The Anthropology of Textile Dyes at Pacatnamu by Ran Boytner, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA
  • Four-Part Head Cloths from the Peruvian Central Coast by Margaret Young-Sánchez, Denver Art Museum
  • Cosmology in Inca Tunics and Tectonics by Marianne Hogue, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Inka Colonial Tunics: A Case Study of the Bandelier Set by Joanne Pillsbury, Dumbarton Oaks
  • Contemporary Andean Textiles as Cultural Communication by Andrea M. Heckman, University of New Mexico



Margaret Young-Sánchez, Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of pre-Columbian Art and Chief Curator at the Denver Art Museum, is a specialist in the art of ancient South America.

Fronia W. Simpson is an independent editor who specializes in art publication.