Hidden Threads of Peru: Q'ero Textiles

Q'ero is a remote indigenous community in Southern Peru on the eastern slopes of the Andes. Q'ero textiles are woven on a staked out loom primarily from alpaca and llama hair, using indigenous, and in many cases pre-Hispanic, techniques. These handsome textiles represent a rich and complex tradition, and are distinguished by three-color patterning (equally clear on both sides of the fabric), and monochrome stripes made by using yarns of opposite directions of spin. The exhibition included approximately forty Q'ero textiles from The Textile Museum's collections as well as several examples from the American Museum of Natural History in New York and from private collectors. Decorated textiles included women's shawls, men's ponchos, and coca bags. The exhibition was curated by Ann Pollard Rowe, curator, Western Hemisphere collections, The Textile Museum.