Textiles of Ancient Peru and Their Techniques

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Textiles of Ancient Peru and the Techniques

Textiles of Ancient Peru and Their Techniques was published in 1934. No subsequent publication has succeeded in replacing it as a work of reference in this field. Raoul d’Harcourt’s text is very clearly written and provides a detailed description of all the ancient techniques that have been discovered by examining fabrics and embroidered cloth and shows to what extent they are connected with each other and can be grouped together.

By concentrating mainly on motifs, this book helps to understand the wealth of Peruvian textiles amongst other things. It also demonstrates that long before the Europeans' arrival, the Indians were engaged in complex manufacturing processes which gave their textile products a rich and varied aspect. This has miraculously been preserved.

The books's basic typology has meant that for the last 70 years it has been a seminal work for anyone interested in textile studies, regardless of their thesis. It is regularly published in English, but has not been available in French for more than 50 years.


296 pages, 18 cm x 23 cm
price: 15 €
ISBN: 9782081212909
Identical reprint of the original edition of 1934

A co-publication by the musée du quai Branly/Flammarion

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who was Raoul d’Harcourt?

He was the French specialist of pre-Columbian America at the beginning of the 20th century. He also wrote: "La civilisation disparue, l'Amérique d'avant Colomb" (1925), "Arts de l'Amérique" (1948) and an essay on Paul Rivet, the ethnologist who founded the musée de l'Homme.