Huari Tunic (with cross motif), c.800 AD
Huari culture, c.800 AD
camelid fibres, 140 x 100 cm
This brilliantly executed example of bold Huari textile aesthetics exemplifies the 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 20th 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.
Many related examples are in the Berlin museums much visited for inspirations by the Bauhaus founders, Johannes Itten, Josef Albers and Paul Klee. The Anni and Josef Albers personal collection also contain numerous related examples.