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Pre-Columbian Textile Art: Design that Speaks Today

Mantle Fragment
Mantle Fragment
Peru, Central Coast, Chancay
ca. 1100-1450 CE
Cotton
(82.459)
Gift of Miss Esther Merrin


Masterpieces of ancient Peruvian weaving were innovatively related to both the past and present. An investigation of Peruvian cultures, the designs portrayed, textile weaving traditions and uses of the textiles were paired with professional artistic commentary. These interlinking interpretations were meant to encourage the viewer to connect the past with today, to consider the continuing relevance of the pieces and to contemplate the value of artistic influence in the creative process.

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The Museum partnered with PS Gallery, which had a parallel show of Professor Jo Stealey’s work (Reflection: Echoes and Reverberations) designed in response to the objects in this exhibition. The Museum's Peruvian textiles exhibiton and PS Gallery's exhibition of Professor Stealey's work were part of FATE 2009 (Fiber Arts Tour and Exhibits). In addition, the UN General Assembly declared 2009 as the United Nations International Year of Natural Fibres. The Museum is a partner in this celebration.

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