New AHRC-funded research project on Andean textiles
We're delighted to announce that we've been awarded £840K from the AHRC for a major research project led by Luciana Martins (CILAVS), Sven Helmer (Computer Science) and Denise Arnold (Visiting Professor, ILCA).
The project is entitled Weaving Communities of Practice. Textiles, Culture and Identity in the Andes: a Semiotic and Ontological Approach, and started in July 09.
It encompasses museum collections in Bolivia, Peru, Chile and England and interviews with contemporary weavers to develop a regional-wide study of weaving traditions that have been practised from at least Tiwanaku times up to the present. This ethnographic research concerns the cultural rescue of endangered weaving practices in the region, while providing new methods to document and link them to emerging industries.
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