Tunic Panel (with Stepped Motif)
c.800 AD, Huari culture
Woven, camelid fibres, 206 x 58 cm
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.
Scaffold weave is one of the most unusual weaving techniques in the world and existed only in the Andean region of South America. The complexity of the woven textiles in this ancient world is still fascinating scholars, weavers and textile lovers today. Current day weavers in the Peruvian Highlands, particularly Pitumarca, still practice this ancient art. For what reason that elaborate textiles were so highly valued? In the Andes, the essence of the object was that was inside not on the surface. Both in mental and cloth, the ideal was held inside, making the structure more important than the surface decoration.