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A comparison of war iconography in the archaeological textiles of Paracas-Topará (in Southern Peru) and in the weavings of Ayllu Qaqachaka (Bolivia) today

Arnold, Denise Y. and Ayca, E.E. (2009) A comparison of war iconography in the archaeological textiles of Paracas-Topará (in Southern Peru) and in the weavings of Ayllu Qaqachaka (Bolivia) today. Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture 7 (3), pp. 272-295. ISSN 1475-9756.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/147597509x12541451109794

Abstract

Drawing on some observations by Anne Paul concerning the iconography of textile borders in cloth from archaeological sites in Paracas-Topará (southern Peru), and her suggestion that these acted as “markers of the sacred,” we examine some ethnographic contexts in highland Bolivia that also concern borders: the final moment of the wayñu dance each year, and the finishing of textile and field borders. In each case, we propose that the object is to control certain spirits believed to dwell within these borders, so that they finish their creative task there. Finally, we examine the relation between the so-called “war of the ayllus” in Bolivia (in 2000), which produced dramatic changes in regional aesthetics, and textile structures postwar, in which images from textile borders came to occupy the central space of woven cloth. We explain these changes through a theory concerning the war dynamics that occur between the borders and centers of modern territories in conflict, and the way that local populations understand these, which might also have archaeological significance in the case of Paracas-Topará.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): textiles, Andes, Paracas-Topará, Qaqachaka, war of the ayllus, weaving structures, weaving aesthetics
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Iberian and Latin American Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2011 11:37
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3059

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