Andean weaving features a wide variety of designs, representing everything from natural features to abstract designs. These designs help communicate a distinctive view of the world as well as relate aspects of personal experience and personal preference. The designs, in general, fall into several categories and are arranged according to the following mini-exhibits: agriculture; animal; astronomy; flora/plant; geometric; and people and character.
Andeans create a number of different types of textiles, intended for human wear, everyday use, or ritual purposes. Learn more about the types of textiles created for men and women in this exhibit.
Andeans employ a variety of techniques in creating their weaving, including one-sided and two-sided weavings and other techniques that range from the simple to the complex. Learn more about Andean weaving techniques in this exhibit.
The process of weaving involves multiple steps: shearing, washing, spinning, skeining, dyeing, warping, weaving, and finishing. Learn more about the process of weaving in this exhibit.