The Andean Science of Weaving

The Andean Science of Weaving

Structures and Techniques of Warp-faced Weaves

  1. Denise Y. Arnold
  2. Elvira Espejo
  • ISBN 9780500517925
  • 30.00 x 23.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 352pp
  • With over 450 colour illustrations
  • First published 2015

This is a completely new way of understanding one of the great craft traditions of the world – a truly groundbreaking book that supersedes all previous literature on the subject

The warp-faced weaves of the Andes are the most complex in the world. While existing studies use a technical language derived from other textile traditions, 'The Andean Science of Weaving' takes as its starting point the technical terms in the Aymara and Quechua languages used by Andean weavers themselves.

Denise Y. Arnold and Elvira Espejo have worked with weavers across the region to understand this language and have studied more than 700 textile samples in top-class museums and collections.

Their book sets out their alternative classification system via tables, photographs and diagrams, but it is also a celebration of one of the most gorgeous weaving traditions in the world. It will be of great interest to practical weavers, museum curators, anthropologists, art historians, archaeologists, and anyone with a love for Latin America and its rich craft traditions.

Denise Y. Arnold is an international expert in Andean anthropology and has published widely on the culture, politics and traditions of the Andes.
Elvira Espejo is Director of the Museum of Ethnography and Folklore in La Paz, Bolivia.