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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. 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.
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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 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. 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.
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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. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE ANDEAN INDIAN URKU FROM THE BOLIVIAN ALTIPLANO. Provenance: Reportedly from near Huanuni Pueblo, about 12,950 to 13,150 feet elevation, Pantaleón Dalence Province, Department of Oruro, western side of the Eastern Andean Cordillera, Bolivia, South America.
This special lot consists of an authentic antique indigenous Native American hand-woven traditional woman's urku body/dress cover of the kind used prehistorically throughout much of the Andes. This is a warp-faced textile woven in two pieces on a prehistoric-style provincial horizontal ground loom consisting of loose sticks. Each of the two pieces has four-edge selvage. They were connected with a fine, inconspicuous center seam. The field is woven of specially-selected dark brown alpaca wool with minor variation in tones of color.There are complex decorative horizontal bands at the upper and lower parts of the garment. The periphery is finished with fine, green woven edge-tubing, locally called sawkipa , which is in superb condition. Urku , or their Quechua equivalents: ajjsu [also found as axsu , aksu and ajjksu], were commonly worn by Inca women in the 15th and 16th centuries. Some Quechua-speaking groups in Bolivia still wear ajjsu , although mostly as smaller panels that represent vestiges of the former full body-covers.
Only a few Aymara women still wear urku ; they are primarily seen at public school events with children donning clothing of the grandparents or ancients. Urku is probably a word of prehistoric Uruqilla origin. Theish Crown once prohibited the wearing of ajjsu and urku in an attempt to force Andean Indians to be less indigenous and more European in their behavior and looks.This is a strikingly beautiful tribal textile of historic age from near the famous mining region of Huanuni on the western slopes of the Eastern Andean Cordillera [Huanuni is currently the largest tin mine in South America supporting nearly 5000 miners]. This rare example is of large size for a tall woman and was worn as a full body cover, or dress. The piece was draped around the body, more-or-less in tube-form. The top corners were attached over one shoulder and secured with tupu [topo] pins; the wearer´s arm hung free. The opposite shoulder was also covered and held with tupu pins but the top edge of that side of the textile was bunched under the arm. A waist sash wrapped around the middle of the textile completed the body cover. The field is woven from fine and expertly-prepared natural alpaca wool. The beautiful decorative bands include intricate designs of ancient origin. The following colors are found in the bands: white, burgundy, dark dull-yellow, light violet (faded), light salmon, dark blue, dark rust, light rust, a couple of watermelon tones and three shades of green natural-dyed from thula brush (Lepidophyllum quadrangulare). The textile is tightly and masterfully woven. The field has about 54 warps per inch and 14 wefts per inch. The decorative bands have an even finer weave.
The design work is bright and perfect. This important tribal textile displays absolutely perfectly. Please refer to the ANDES AMAZON "DATING" TERMS. Materials: All of the yarns are traditional 2-ply: Z-spun, S-plied. They consist of select, fine natural and dyed alpaca wool, dyed sheep wool and natural white llama wool.
For the most part, superb mordants were used in the dying process; the majority of the dyed colors are strong and vibrant. Approximate Size: 72 inches by 54 inches. Condition: EXCELLENT, lightly used, guarded condition.
Only the light violet color has faded significantly. There are about five fairly insignificant tiny spots in the field with historic repair measuring only ¼ inch in diameter to one measuring ¼ by ¾ inch [see the last photo detail]; these are basically quite hard to detect and, from even a short distance, do not detract from the textiles appearance. There is no repair to the colored or design bands. The center seam has some minor, very old re-wrapping that is nearly undetectable. There are no stains, holes, bleeding or other imperfections.
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 "GORGEOUS RARE HISTORIC AYMARA INDIAN Body Wrap Fine Alpaca Textile TM12873" is in sale since Friday, May 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "andesamazon" and is located in Santa Cruz, .
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