Gallery Talk: Super/Natural—Textiles of the Andes

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Over the course of millennia, textiles were the primary form of aesthetic expression and communication for the diverse cultures that developed throughout the desert coasts and mountain highlands of the Andean region. Explore this exhibition of over 60 textiles along with a small selection of ceramics from the museum’s collection that together explore the ways various Andean cultures developed distinct textile technologies and approaches to design. 

Embroidered on a black textile is a human figure holding a pampas cat has a snake-like creature coming from its mouth.

Mantle (detail), 100 BC/AD 200. Paracas, South coast, Peru. The Art Institute of Chicago, Emily Crane Chadbourne Fund. 

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