This informative introduction examines such raw materials as agave fiber, cotton, and wool from llama, alpaca, and wild vicuña. It also considers yarns, dyes, and looms. The first of the two-part text focuses on a variety of weaves—twills, gauzes, open-work fabrics, and much more. The second section deals with the techniques and materials related to nonwoven substances such as braiding, networking, felt, embroidery, and trimming. The heart of the book consists of hundreds of illustrated examples of authentic, well-preserved textiles, tapestries, and personal items.
Hailed by American Anthropologist as "of importance both to Peruviantists and to those concerned with the history of textiles in general," this magnificently illustrated study of fabric structure was also acclaimed by Scientific American as " an incentive, an inspiration, and a guide."