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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.
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For more than a quarter century those of us behind AKATAKSA/ANDESAMAZON have dedicated our professional interests to documenting traditional South American indigenous cultures, especially through their material culture. Our field studies have led us to some of the remotest living 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 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 aimed at stimulating interest in past and present indigenous cultures.
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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.AN IMPRESSIVE, RARE, HISTORIC AYMARA INDIAN WEARING BLANKET. Origin: Eastern side of Sacred Lake Titikaka, Department of La Paz, Bolivia, South America. This special lot consists of a relatively rare and important antique Andean Indian blanket that in certain respects resembles valuable Navajo blankets from the Southwest United States that are worth five to six figures in American dollars. Curiously and inexplicably, some original historic blankets from the Bolivian Plateau (Altiplano) have iconographic similarities to particular 19th century Southwestern blankets even though the weaving techniques between the two areas is strikingly different. In addition, there are numerous examples of Bolivian weft-faced blankets that resemble antique Hispanic Rio Grande examples from Colorado and New Mexico. And, we have described plaid-woven textiles that resemble Pueblo Indian examples from Arizona and New Mexico. Although significantly separated geographically by more than 4000 miles and seemingly unrelated culturally, some basic iconographic characteristics are oddly if not enigmatically comparable.
This beautiful antique shoulder blanket of Altiplano origin consists of two separate but nearly identical textiles, each with four-side selvage, sewn together to form a complete weaving. There are nine white (cream colored) bands and eight black (extremely dark brown) bands. The center white band is about twice as wide as the other bands, which are all approximately the same width. Each of the interior bands is framed with a complementary stripe corresponding in color to the adjacent band. Thus, the formula from a lateral band toward the center is: white band, black stripe, white stripe, black band, white stripe, black stripe, white band repeated to the center band.
As with 19th century Navajo chief´s blankets, the bands display horizontally when worn. Unlike Navajo examples the wide center band in this example is light in color, not dark.
However, dark center band examples from the Altiplano are also known. This is a fairly lightweight textile that somewhat resembles men´s carrying blankets, called mantiyu , that were smaller in size and employed as bundles when traveling.
Unlike traditional mantiyu this piece is rectangular and not square in shape. It is also lighter in weight and more loosely woven than mantiyu. Still, the blanket is finely woven with about 26 warps per inch and 8 wefts per inch.Some of the weft includes dyed red yarns that are actually visible as ¨ghost¨ yarns through the textile. The use of hidden red weft yarns is occasionally found in Andean textiles of 18th and 19th century age.
The light colored cast, of course, is not due to dye-run; the warp yarns are clean and bright. It is possible that adding red yarns to the weft had spiritual significance to Andean weavers.This is a fine and beautiful example of a banded, historic Indian shoulder blanket from Bolivia. Andean blankets of this age and condition are rarely found. Approximate Age: Late-19th century to turn-of-the-19th century. Please refer to the ANDES AMAZON "DATING" TERMS. Materials: Mostly hand-spun natural sheep wool in two-ply yarn: Z-spun, S-plied. There are minor amounts of natural camelid wool yarns. Approximate Size: 62 inches by 50 inches. Condition: EXCELLENT, used and guarded condition. There are very light use-blemishes here and there. There is no dye-run and no holes or unsightly worn spots. 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 15 years. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATING TO ANDEAN CULTURE, ARTS AND HISTORY, THIS NEW ANDES AND AMAZON WEBSITE. 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 "EXTREMELY RARE ANTIQUE AYMARA INDIAN SHOULDER BLANKET Navajo-Like Bands TM12502" is in sale since Monday, March 28, 2016.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "andesamazon" and is located in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz. This item can be shipped worldwide.