Woven Textiles

Nazca Large Textile Panel in Abstract Style, c.500 AD
Nazca culture, size
Camelid fibres 
The Andean textile weaving tradition has persisted in continuation for an uninterrupted span of 3000 year until today in the remote areas of the Bolivian highlands.

These stunning and monumental example of bold Huari textile aesthetics exemplifies this culture’s technical virtuosity in expressing abstractly the beliefs that man has the power to create order, transcend space and time in a nonrepresentative colour field of geometrics.

For this year’s Frieze Online Viewing Room, independent curator Sir Norman Rosenthal has selected this beautiful example of Huari abstract aesthetic in his curatorial section “FOREVER.”

Huari Tunic in Minimalist Style, c.900 AD, 110 x 126 cm

For, surely accustomed as we are with our late XXth century modes of perception freed from representational conventions, the visual impact of this cloth and those of the following group cannot fail to resonate with the archetypal heritage of abstraction inherent within us all.

The sublime beauty of these minimal aesthetics resonates with numerous modern attempts in abstract arts, from the Bauhaus master weaver Anni Albers’ “Wallhanging series” in the 1930s, the American Abstract Expressionist Newman’s “Adam (1951-52), to renowned painters in the far east such as the Dansaekua generation.

Huari Tunic, c.800 AD
Huari culture, size
Camelid fibres 
Chimu Textile in Minimalist Style, c.1000 AD
Chimu culture, 120 x 140 cm
Camelid fibres
Huari Tunic in Geometric Style, c.800 AD,
Huari culture, 120 x 120 m
Camelid fibres