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Textiles of Ancient Peru and Their Techniques [Paperback]

Raoul d'Harcourt
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Feb. 27 2002
This magnificently illustrated work offers a comprehensive view of the textiles and techniques of pre-Columbian Peru. An introduction discusses yarns, dyes, looms, and raw materials; the first of the two-part text examines weaves, and the second considers such nonwoven materials as braiding, felt, and embroidery.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Will please any avid textile artist July 11 2002
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This unabridged reproduction of a 1962 classic should be an essential edition to any textile collection: Textiles Of Ancient Peru And Their Techniques covers raw materials form Peru, weaves unique to the region, and techniques and materials used in nonwoven efforts. The result will please any avid textile artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for Andean textile classification Feb. 6 2007
By archaeoamy - Published on Amazon.com
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We used this book and a few others for comparisons with a collection of ancient peruvian textiles at a museum I worked for several years ago. It was very useful and we referred to it frequently. It included all of the techniques used in the museum collection (consisting of 100's of fragments), and had plenty of pictures for examples. Of course the techniques aren't limited to Ancient Peru, but would apply to just about any textiles--(however the pictures are ancient peruvian). I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about ancient or modern textile techniques--a valuable resource in any museum with this type of collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A serious study on pre-Columbian textiles and weaving Nov. 3 2009
By Caroline M. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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This was one of the first serious attempts at examining the weaving techniques used on what is still considered one of the more primitive looms in use today. Many other researchers, weavers and non-weavers alike, have used this book as a basis for their work, and built upon the research he did, so it is one of the bibles on South American indigenous weaving.
The text is somewhat dry because this is not a coffee table book; and the photographs of textiles are unfortunately in black and white, but there is more than enough information here for several more authoritative books on the subject, and is a must for the serious weaving or textile student. It is divided up into sections that attempt to give a classification of the types of textiles found, and the methods used to create them. Textile production, and the way the garments or artifacts were constructed and decorated, had great religious and social significance, and the methods used were/are anything but primitive, although most looms consist of a bundle of sticks.
There is nothing on basic weaving techniques as such; this is not an instruction book on how to do backstrap weaving, but is a must have for anyone interested in taking their weaving beyond the basics, and understanding what the loom is really capable of. Multi-shaft loom weavers will also find it interesting as many of the techniques described bear a striking resemblance to techniques practiced today around the world in other weaving cultures. It is helpful in re-interpreting these techniques for the modern loom. As someone who is studying backstrap weaving techniques, I would not be without this book as it is good to go back to see, study and understand the diagrams, photographs and descriptions of the textiles the author examined.
An excellent resource for those interested in Pre-Columbian textiles and weaving traditions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will please any avid textile artist July 11 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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This unabridged reproduction of a 1962 classic should be an essential edition to any textile collection: Textiles Of Ancient Peru And Their Techniques covers raw materials form Peru, weaves unique to the region, and techniques and materials used in nonwoven efforts. The result will please any avid textile artist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very complete description of ancient textile techniques Jan. 28 2014
By Francisco de Agueda - Published on Amazon.com
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The book shows the different textile works of ancient Peru peoples, and brings the reader to all the extreme complexity and ingenuity they had to use to bring about these extraordinary peices of art. Detailed description of the techniques used to construct the textiles is sometimes mind-boggling.
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textiles of ancient peru and their techniques

raoul d'harcourt

1962

First US Edition Hardcover

"Great book featuring textiles and weaving from Pre-Columbian Peru. 117 black and white illustrations / photographs of weavings, textiles, woven textiles - patterns, designs, abstract patterns. Also black and white drawings of pattern and weaving techniques. Includes bibliography. Hardcover. 186 pages of text 117 plates "
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