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The majority of human existence has been dominated by so-called Native groups, also known as tribal folk, original residents, indigenous people, aboriginals, First Nations, traditional ethnicities, autochthonous societies, autochthonal cultures, et. At some point, of course, our ancestors were the same regardless of current culture, creed or color.
Regrettably, in the past half a millennium, thousands of unique tribal groups have disappeared due to misunderstanding, impudence and ethnocentrism. Aspects of colonialism, capitalism, racism and politicization have directly and circuitously destroyed myriad native cultures, each a once-valuable resource to our planet. Of the nearly 7000 languages currently spoken on our planet, over 6000 are in immediate danger of becoming extinct. Nearly all, being ethnic indigenous. We believe the very few Native groups that remain on earth should be cherished and carefully supported.
Unfortunately, we are on the brink of losing our connection with indigenous spirit, wisdom and traditional knowledge. For more than a quarter-century those of us behind AKATAKSA/ANDESAMAZON have dedicated our professional interests in documenting traditional South American indigenous cultures, especially through their material culture. Our field studies have led us to some of the most remote people on the continent. We have witnessed Native Americans existing exactly as their ancestors did in prehistoric times and others who have jumped from 18th-century existence to 21st-century reality in the blink of an eye.
Our ethnographic investigations have resulted in preserving valuable data related to linguistics, cultural history, ethno-environmental relationships, socio-cultural organization, cosmology, mythology, spirituality and of course, material culture. We have a detailed proposal for a magnificent cultural center-museum aimed at stimulating interest in past and present indigenous cultures. Our unique idea is not just to show beautiful objects on display. Ours is to share the entire background of a piece, not only from a scientific or scholarly point of view but also from a cultural and spiritual perspective as well.This holistic approach to understanding indigenous material culture shall include accompanying photographs, films, recorded testimonials, music, related specimens and even field notes. We want to inspire our visitors to continue their own investigations into realms of mysterious phenomena that we really know very little about.
Apart from receiving monies for researching indigenous material culture, our sales contribute toward expanding interest in past cultures and ways of life. Not only can ones´ personal environment be enhanced with beautiful and interesting objects, but the benefits of knowing about different ideologies, unique ways of life and past or nearly-extinct traditions are utterly invaluable. We hope that whatever understanding, knowledge and insights are obtained from our objects will be shared with companions, friends and especially children.
In this small way, we feel inspired in preserving something of native cultures and making the world a better place. Thanks for working with us. AN IMPORTANT ANTIQUE ANDEAN INDIAN BLANKET FROM THE BOLIVIAN PLATEAU. Origin: High Altiplano between about 11,000 and 14,000 feet, southern Department of La Paz and northern Department of Oruro, Bolivia, South America. This special lot consists of an important, authentic indigenous Native American hand-woven warp-faced isi ikiña (Aymara) shoulder blanket woven in two pieces and joined together with a common double-thread seam.
The blanket was woven on a provisional, horizontal ground loom consisting of loose sticks. Following completion of the weaving, the loom was reduced to a bundle of sticks. The blanket´s iconography consists of narrow bands of black and cream colors.The black yarns are over-dyed sheep wool mixed with pure black camelid wool. The black dye is either natural or was prepared with an extremely efficacious mordant. Under a microscope, the black yarns have a barely-noticeable blue cast. The natural cream yarns have a yellowish cast, which is a color that we see on only very old Andean textiles. These sheep-mixed-with-camelid fibers are straight with a high sheen. The cream-colored stripes are 1 ¼ inches wide and the black stripes are 1 ½ inches wide. The weft yarns are particularly interesting. They include a natural-dyed green from the thula plant (Lepidophyllum quadrangulare). There are rose-colored weft yarns with fading noticeable at the edge selvage. There is a light blue weft yarn that may have been dyed with natural hierba santa (Cestrum hediondinum). And, there is a dark red yarn whose dyes were probably of natural origin but not cochineal. The lateral edge warps were doubled to give strength to the sides. The textile is expertly woven with 23 warps per inch and seven wefts per inch.
All of the yarns are traditional 2-ply: Z-spun, S-ply. The blanket weighs 2.02 kilograms (a little less than 4 ½ pounds).
This is a very handsome old Indian wearing blanket that displays beautifully and is in unusually excellent condition. The original double-thread center seam joining the two halves is in excellent condition; the weaver incorporated the same yarns used in the warp, so the colors match perfectly.This is an historically important Native American textile for its unique iconographic similarity to early Southwest United States examples of Navajo and Puebloan origins. This is a fairly supple example of late-19th century to turn-of-the-19th century age. It is a beautiful textile in excellent condition that displays exquisitely. Please refer to the ANDES AMAZON "DATING" TERMS. Materials: Hand-spun natural and dyed, two-ply sheep wool.
Approximate Size: 71 inches by 55 inches. Condition: EXCELLENT, used, guarded condition. The yarns have darkened slightly from age and usage.
There are two spots with old and very good native repair (see detailed photos). The largest is an oval space, equally affecting side-by-side black and cream stripes.It measures 3 inches by 1 ½ inches; the black half of the repair is not noticeable from a short distance. The other spot, in a cream-colored band, affects an area only 1 ½ inches long by ½ inch wide.
There are no holes, worn spots or traces of dye run. Under very close scrutiny, there is evidence that sections of the edges were once embellished with protective crochet-like work, none of which is distracting or even particularly noticeable. The original center seam is in surprisingly intact-condition. Please refer to the photos and the ANDES AMAZON TEXTILE "CONDITION" TERMS.
The disadvantage is that items will not arrive quickly. Items to the United States of America have arrived in as few as ten days. Our offices are not in close proximity to international postal service.
We promise to continue providing detailed and accurate information related to age, origin, condition and descriptions as we have for the past 18 years. PREHISTORIC, PRE-COLUMBIAN, ANCIENT = Before around A. 19th CENTURY = 1800 to 1899.TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY = 1890 to 1910. EARLY-20TH CENTURY = 1900 to 1933. MID-20TH CENTURY = 1934 to 1966. LATE-20TH CENTURY = 1967 to 1999. TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY = 1995 to 2005. EARLY-21ST CENTURY = 2000 to Present. ANTIQUE = Over 50 years old.
VINTAGE = Over 30 years old. CONTEMPORARY = Made in the last 5 years. CIRCA = Approximately/around/within a few years of.
ANDES AMAZON TEXTILE CONDITION TERMS. Terms used to describe the physical condition of textiles can be subjective and vary greatly from one observer to another. What some others call mint condition, we call good; what others call excellent condition, we call fair.
Following are explanations of the terms we use. Unused -- as if recently removed from the loom. No wear or patina of any kind. These textiles may have nubs or even loose, uncut threads from the weaving process.EXCELLENT = Usually only lightly used, often guarded or stored for many years. There may be extremely light wear, patina and sheen from use. There may also be nearly undetectable light staining or soiling from use. The colors may have muted ever so slightly due to age or exposure, often improving the beauty of a textile. VERY GOOD = Usually lightly or only periodically used. The surface may be very lightly but evenly worn. There are no tears or distracting holes.
There may be minimal surface discoloration. Vintage textiles may have lightly darkened yarn from use and age (staining and soiling). Overall, the textile will be in outstanding condition and at a displayable distance will appear perfect. GOOD = Usually moderately to well-used. There may be light to medium staining, isolated or throughout.
Some parts of the textile may be worn or have very small holes, occasionally exposing hidden thread yarns. Edges may be lightly frayed.
Surface discoloration due to age and exposure is common but often improving the appearance of a textile. There may be minor, light or isolated, dye run.
Damage will not distract significantly from the textile when displayed. FAIR = Either well-used or moderately abused. Extensive wear is common as is some bleeding or dye run.In most 20th century cases, the colors have considerably faded. Sections of fringe or tassels may be missing. Textiles may be in otherwise excellent condition but with a single isolated sector of damage, that greatly reduces its aesthetic appeal. Most vintage tribal textiles on the market are in FAIR TO GOOD condition. POOR = Showing evidence of extreme usage and damage.
These textiles do not display well and are primarily useful as study specimens or examples of sometimes very rare textiles. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.
The item "DISTINGUISHED 19th c. AYMARA INDIAN SHOULDER BLANKET Rare, Original Cond. TM8806" is in sale since Thursday, April 06, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American".
The seller is "andesamazon" and is located in Santa Cruz, . This item can be shipped worldwide.