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. 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 of those are 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 to 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 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. 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.Thank you for working with us. A FABULOUS ANTIQUE ANDEAN INDIAN AWAYU IN PRISTINE CONDITION. Origin: This rare piece comes from the border of Loayza Province and Inquisivi Province, Eastern Andean Cordillera, elevation above 10,000 feet, Department of La Paz, Bolivia, South America. Extremely few textiles have been documented from this isolated region. This special lot includes a rare, breathtakingly beautiful indigenous Native American hand-woven woman's shoulder cover in pristine condition.
This is an inspiring and daunting awayu specially woven for wear to a ceremonial event. The textile consists of two similar halves sewn together; each half has selvage on all four sides.The edge was protected and embellished with complicated, four-color finger-woven edge tubing in a pattern generally known as ¨flies eyes, ¨ or chichiyanka (also chichillanka). This beautiful, round-woven edging includes the colors: emerald green, fuchsia, rust orange and white. Relatively few antique textiles from this region are known. We know that historically weavers from the area spoke the Aymara language although they were mostly descended from ancient Uruqilla tribes. This unique and striking awayu is dominated by beautiful warm red colors incorporating no less than four attractive shades including: tomato red, rust red, burgundy red and berry red. The wide lateral bands on each side in navy blue color accent the interior red colors wonderfully. There are four wide, double-thick kurti brocade bands that required the use of multiple heddles to complete, which allowed for the creation of two levels of design work independent of each other. The lateral kurti bands are characterized by tight, perfectly-executed patterns in white over a striped green and red background.
The two central brocade bands are laid out in blocks of designs with different background colors. Here, the designs are not just in white but in other colors as well, which is quite unusual.
These blocks are known as tukapu and are frequently found in classic and colonial Inka (Inca) weaving from the 15th to 18th centuries. There are dozens of individual designs including condors (Vultur gryphus) and other birds including what is probably Darwin´s Rhea (Rhea pennata formerly Pterocnemia pennata and Rhea darwini), South American foxes Lycalopex spp. - actually a unique canine genera, puma (Puma concolor same as the North American cougar, or mountain lion formerly Felis concolor) and a fairly rare depiction of an Indian rider on horseback carrying a large, ceremonial feathered arch. There are numerous perfectly-woven geometric designs, some of ancient origin. The complex design work was influenced from the provinces of Aroma to the west and Ayopaya, Cochabamba to the east.The Andes are populated by numerous indigenous ethnic groups, many of whom still utilize awayu or awayu -like textiles. Awayu [pronounced in English: ah-WAI-yo] is an Aymara Word referring to mantle-sized textiles once used throughout the Andean region for a wide variety of purposes.
Generally speaking, llijjlla is the counterpart of awayu in the Quechua language although many Quechua speakers also use the word awayu for these textiles. Wallasa (also walla and wallas awayu) is a related term used in the Sacred Lake Titikaka region to refer to somewhat smaller textiles that usually have a striped or partly-striped field.
Nearly all of these groups traditionally (up until one to three generations ago) used some form of hand-woven awayu or awayu -like textiles. In many areas young women often wove special awayu shoulder covers for their matrimonies, which afterwards were often kept carefully guarded for decades until they could be gifted to a favorite granddaughter. Most probably, TM12876 was such a textile.
Weaving superior quality awayu gave prodigious prestige to a woman in her community´s social circle. This example is masterfully and very finely woven. The field has a warp count of about 52 per inch and the overall weft count is 16 per inch. The combination of colors and their layout are divine -- there are no garish colors or unpleasing tones. This is an antique awayu masterpiece around 80 years old in pristine condition and represents an impressive and important example of the textile arts.
Approximate Age: Antique, early/mid-20th century, circa 1930´s. Please refer to the ANDESAMAZON "DATING" TERMS. Materials: All of the yarns are two-ply: Z-spun, S-plied. The weft is composed of hand-spun natural brown llama wool. The dyed warp yarns consist of hand-spun sheep wool.The white warp yarns are of hand-spun natural llama wool. Approximate Size: 40 inches by 39 inches.
Condition: EXCELLENT, guarded, superb condition. There are no flaws or imperfections of any kind. Please refer to the photos and the ANDESAMAZON 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 "RARE TEXTILE ART MASTERPIECE Aymara Indian Antique Awayu Pristine Cond. TM12876" is in sale since Thursday, January 19, 2017. 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.