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Kosko Manta: Peruvian Textiles

When: Aug. 28-30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2020
The Shelter Cove Art Gallery will host a 3 day exhibition of Andean weavings from the Cuzco area of Peru on August 28 -30. The weavings were collected between 1968 and 1970 by Joe Collins of Briceland and Shelter Cove, who lived in the Cuzco region during those years. Most of them were bought in the city of Cuzco, and are a sample of the beautiful hand woven clothing done by the indigenous Quechua people of the high altitude valleys between Cuzco and Puno. "Kosko Manta" means "from Cuzco" in Quechua, the indigenous language of the area which was still spoken by the people during the 1960's. The ancient city of Cuzco, which sits at an altitude of 11,000 ft., was the capitol of the Incan Empire of the 1500's. In the mid 20th century the majority of the buildings in Cuzco were thick-walled adobe that had been built upon foundations of solid stone that had once been the walls of the Inca city. Incan stonework is visible throughout the city. The countryside around Cuzco is full of examples of Incan stone structures extending some 50 miles to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. The exhibition includes some 25 hand woven articles of clothing such as ponchos, llicllias (shoulder wraps), chuspas (coca pouches) and chuyos (knit caps with ear flaps). The Quechua people raise sheep, llamas and alpacas from which they obtain the wool for their garments. There is nothing more ubiquitous in the Cuzco region than the sight of Peruvian women spinning wool on small spindles while walking along mountain paths or sitting in groups out on the pampas working and visiting with each other. The wool is hand dyed and then set up in looms to weave their homespun "jerga" fabric from which most of their clothing is made. Their ponchos and wraps are colorful and woven into intricate and ancient patterns. In some areas even the large costales (sacks) used to store their potatoes are hand woven of wool and alpaca. The exhibition will be held for 3 days beginning Friday August 28 from 11am to 4pm and on Saturday and Sunday, also from 11am to 4pm. Accompanying the showing will be a slide show of photos from the late 1960's of the Cuzco and Puno area, and of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. The slide show will be given at 12 noon each day and attendance is on a space available basis. Contact the Gallery for scheduling at sheltercoveart@gmail.com? The Shelter Cove Art Gallery is located in the Inn of the Lost Coast in Shelter Cove.

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