Huari Tunic (Stepped Motif)
c.800 AD, Huari culture
Woven, camelid fibres, 251 x 155 cm
This stunning and monumental example of bold Huari textile aesthetics exemplifies this culture’s technical virtuosity in expressing abstractly the beliefs that man has the power to create order, transcend space and time in a non-representative colour field of geometrics. For, surely accustomed as we are with our late XXth century modes of perception freed from representational conventions, the visual impact of this cloth and those of the following group cannot fail to resonate with the archetypal heritage of abstraction inherent within us all.
Anni and Josef Albers greatly appreciated such textiles and incorporated the aesthetics of Pre-Columbian art into there works. In her book titled On Weaving she said “[her] great teachers, the weavers of ancient Peru.”