Arielle’s Mini-tour of Our Perúvian Textiles Collection | Cal State LA University Library

Arielle’s Mini-tour of Our Perúvian Textiles Collection | Cal State LA University Library


So, I’m Arielle at Special Collections and Archives at the University Library and I’m here to present to you our Peruvian textiles mostly originating from the Chancay culture and I’m really excited. [laughter] ♪♪♪ So, this particular textile is from the Chancay culture from Lima, Perú, and it’s estimated to be about 2,000 years old, and mostly probably used for magical purposes given the mesh properties and the way it was weaved. It’s kind of an exciting color and indicative of that time, and trade and such. And these are our pre-Colombina textiles, again from Perú, these are also from Lima, and these are also estimated to be probably over 2,000 years old. These are “Twins” as I call them, and these were probably also used for ritual purposes, which is exciting, which means they have a lot of cosmological significance. And this particular one is from Pampa Libre de Lima, Perú, again from the Chancay culture, but also maybe Chancayllo. And this one, given the patterns, was most definitely used for familial practices, so this was maybe a textile that was passed down. And all these textiles here were donated by the Latin American Studies Department. While we have three different cultures here, the Chancay culture was dominant in Perú, and we’re really excited that it’s all the way over here from South America. So, thanks for watching this video, we hope to see you soon in Special Collections and Archives located in Library South, Second Floor. We obviously have an array of Perúvian textiles, this was just an appetizer — like a provadita so — come on over! [laughs] We’re looking forward to it. ¡Ciao! [laughs] Okay. I’m horrible at goodbyes. [laughter]

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