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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 9:25 am 
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I have recently received a book on the textiles of Peru which I believe will interest some forum members:

"Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals" by Andrea M Heckman University of New Mexico Press 2003

It is a very beautiful hardback of 199 pages with many colour photos and detailed text focusing on textiles and their significance among the Quechua Indian people in the vicinity of Cuzco:- heirs of the Inca Empire. There also photos and information on their rituals and ceremonies.

Chapters are:
TEXTILES
1 Texties as Visual Metaphor and the Anthropology of Art
2 Andean Textile Heritage
3 Geography, Animals and Agricultural Cycles
4 Social Structures, Language and Daily Life
5 Local Clothing Styles, looms and Weaving Techniques
6 Metaphor and Myth in Weaving Symbols

RITUALS
7Public Rituals Andean Religion, pilgrimage and Festivals
8 Rites of Passage and Healing , Ritual Offerings and Masked Identity
9 Transitions within Cultures and the Mask of Progress

On the cover it states:

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This is a remarkable book about textiles and their meaning to the lives of their makers. Dr Andrea Heckman brings to these pages an unusual level of experience, aquired from decades of travel in the Andes. More important, she has shared the lives of villlagers and, an accomplished weaver herself, has used her art and its craft as a means to surmount the distance that usually persists between even the most sensitive anthropological scholars and the subjects of their observation


Garth Bawden, Director, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Universiity of New Mexico


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