This stunning museum has a magnificent collection of textiles from South America. I was fortunate to be there at the same time as an exhibition of a selection of their collection of Huipils. Fortunately the exhibition dates had been extended.
Here is a flavour of the colours.
The vibrant stripes are a wonder. Colours that I would not usually put together look stunning.
The book about the museum collection was only available in Spanish but worth buying. It is listed on the museum web site.
Tradición de tradiciones by María Jesús Jiménez Díaz 2006 ISBN 978-84-8181-386-9
published by Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid
All textiles are a good source of inspiration. The huipils are usually woven in warp faced weave so the lovely stripes can be examined in detail. Choose an area that you like and make up a pattern.
|close up of Huipil|
|graph for narrow band|
For this band of 37 warp ends. I used a double thread in the centre so that the deep pink would show more clearly. I wanted a narrow band so I reduced the pattern.
|Here is the band I wove./ I used 16/2 cotton so the band is very narrow.|
|I made part of the band into a bookmark.|
Here is another lovely book with lots of inspirational pictures to help with stripe design.
Textiles from Guatemala by Ann Hecht 2001 British Museum Press ISBN 0-7141-2739-6
Madrid is an amazing city. We had beautiful weather - sunshine and blue skies for the whole week in November! The art galleries are first class.
Susan J Foulkes December 2015