The origin of the blanket, however, may be far to the east in the San Lucas region in the Department of Chuquisaca. This offer consists of an authentic indigenous Native American hand-woven, weft-faced, staked-loom blanket woven in two pieces and joined together with a decorative center seam.TM12959 is a tremendous warp-faced blanket, locally called, chusa ikiña , in reference to its light weight. It served suitably as a shoulder blanket or for bedding. In fact, the blanket weighs only 4.4 pounds. This masterful and very finely woven tribal textile contains 30 to 40 warps per inch (different colored yarns have distinct warp counts) and 10 wefts per inch.
The interesting and varied yarns employed in the weaving generally correspond to turn-of-the-19th century to very early-20th century work. The black, pumpkin orange (dark), dull yellow (eggnog, buff), purple (faded blue) and variegated gray (faded dark violet) colors are all dyed sheep wool.
The green is natural-dyed alpaca, from the thula plant (Lepidophyllum quadrangulare or Baccharis thola). All of the other colors are of mixed sheep/camelid (llama and alpaca) wool. The hidden weft yarns are plied, dark and light alpaca and llama wool.
The weave is flat, smooth and impressive. The field consists of numerous colored bands in not-so symmetrical layout from one side to the other.The lateral bands are in zig-zag, or repeated triangular form. Adjacent bands in complementary warp design contain meandering olive branch patterns, regularly interrupted with eight-pointed stars. Weavers from the Cusco, Perú region who worked on Bolivian (Alto Perú) haciendas probably introduced olive branch designs. Colonial Spanish weaving guilds in Perú, utilizing local camelid wools and expert Andean weavers, produced fine tapestries with various traditional European religious and secular motifs, including olive branches. Immigrant weavers reproduced these patterns, subsequently copied by indigenous Bolivians. Curiously, one side of designs was woven in tukapu (tocapo) technique while the other was woven in plain, supplementary warp pattern. Classic and colonial Inka (Inca) weaving from the 15th to 18th centuries frequently display tukapu windows, or squarish blocks.
The letters FA probably refer to the weaver´s initials. We especially like the little eight-pointed star, seemingly added haphazardly, in one of the lateral green and orange bands. The precision and intricacy of the design work is impressive. The blanket closely resembles Quechua phullu from far-off Quechua-speaking Chuquisaca at elevations some 2000 feet lower than Tawa Village.The field information obtained in Tawa indicates that a deceased ancestor wove the blanket locally. Although our thoughts are not conclusive, we doubt the information is true. An interesting question is, What kinds of historic relations existed between the two totally diverse regions? This is a stunningly beautiful work of tribal textile art. Please refer to the ANDESAMAZON "DATING" TERMS. Materials: All of the woven yarn (warp and weft) is traditional drop-spindle, hand-spun, two-ply wool: Z-spun, S-plied.
Both sheep and alpaca wool are incorporated in the weaving. Approximate Size: 66 1/2-inches by 53 1/2-inches. The blanket is in beautifully displayable condition. There are a couple of insignificant, extremely light soiled spots. There are no holes, worn spots or colors with dye run (bleeding).
Most of the colors have muted slightly from their original tones. There is no apparent change to the natural-dyed khaki green yarns. Once-blue and dark violet colors have faded significantly to purple and grayish tones, respectively (see Background and Description, above). Please also refer to the photos and the ANDESAMAZON TEXTILE "CONDITION" TERMS. The disadvantage is that items will not arrive quickly.
Since the shutdown of the U. Government earlier this year, the arrival time to the U. Is now around three weeks and to Europe and Asia is approximately six to eight weeks.
Our offices are not in close proximity to international postal service. 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. We believe the world can be a better place. We believe that humanity has a higher, aspiring destination. We know that through mutual respect conflicts will subside. We know that by understanding our differences we can help one another. We believe that our Mother Earth and our Universe can provide unlimited resources for every man, woman and child to live in peace, happiness and love. As stewards of the human race, we have an intrinsic responsibility to do what we can to improve our world as much as possible.
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We hope that you share with companions, friends and especially children whatever understanding, knowledge and insights you obtain from our objects. In this small way, we feel inspired in preserving something of native cultures and making the world a better place. Thank you for working with us. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT. The item "EXCEPTIONAL & BEAUTIFUL ANDES INDIAN BLANKET Antique Textile Showpiece TM12959" is in sale since Thursday, December 27, 2018.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.