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Atavios: The Roots of Colombian Fashion [Hardcover]

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Item description for Atavios: The Roots of Colombian Fashion by Benjamin Villegas...

The result of a three-year collaboration between photographer Nacho Marn and publisher Benjamn Villegas, this remarkable volume sets out to display traditional garments, jewelry, and ornaments of the indigenous cultures of Colombia in joyous and unprecedented abandon. Using his experience as a choreographer and costume and set designer, Marn has created an extraordinary series of theatrical tableaux where myth and memory, fashion and fantasy intermingle in a riot of rich color.

The variety of attire and ornament featured on these pages represents diverse pre-Colombian cultures, among them the Tairona, Kogi, Calima, and Nario. Inspired by priceless museum pieces, talented craftsmen in Colombia today have re-created gold bracelets, nose rings, necklaces, breast plates, and a wealth of other personal adornments as well as beadwork, masks, cotton, and wool garments, carvings and ceremonial objects. Far from the typical representation of such artifacts in neutral and serene museum surroundings, these objects are modeled by nude men and women-- their bare skin is a perfect foil for gleaming gold and soft natural fibers.

Nature and artifice are blended here in unique and unexpected ways. From the roots of ancient cultures and crafts, endless new possibilities spring forth for adventures in design and fashion. This book offers an entertaining dialogue between traditional concepts and contemporary style, and provides novel ways for looking at design based on historical precedent.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Villegas Editores
Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 13.9" Width: 10.2" Height: 1"
Weight:   4.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 1997
Publisher   Villegas Editores
ISBN  9589393276  
ISBN13  9789589393277  

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More About Benjamin Villegas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Benjamin Villegas is an architect and graphic designer. Ever since he was a student, in the early 1960s, he started publishing books and magazines, either out of his own initiative or assigned by several newspapers. In 1972, he started his own company, Benjamin Villegas & Asociados. Since 1973, he started publishing illustrated, great format and high printing quality books, while he continued his work in the fields of graphic design, television and motion pictures. In 1985, he founded Villegas Editores, consolidated his specialized team and devoted himself to illustrated publications, especially about Colombia, with the support of renowned writers and photographers. He is currently developing publishing projects in various European and Latin American countries. Through his website,, he wants to achieve the world wide availability of the company's publications, to get the sponsorship necessary to print most of his sold out editions and to continue his publishing labor in Latin America, which is an important prerogative of the company's regional mission statement.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Fashion > General
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Design > Textile & Costume
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Fashion Photography
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > General
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Photo Essays
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Anthropology > Cultural

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Spectacular  Nov 24, 2002
As always...Villegas editores publishes a tier one book. The quality of the text is first class. Most immediate impressions of "Atavíos Raíces de la Moda Colombiana," is of nakedness. However, the genius of this book must not limited to such simplistic observerations.

This Spanish language text is a masterpiece of light and color. The fact that it includes some bare bodies is secondary to the spectacular display of glimmering Colombian jewelery and colorful traditional costumes. Although this book is sensual in nature and may be a turnoff for bland coffee table collectors I consider it a work of art and a fine contribution to a serious library.

Exceptional Photography  Feb 3, 2000
Although the images presented in this book do not show much of contemporary Colombian fashion, they are extremely artistic, with lots of character, and even thought-provoking. Prudes will definitely not like this book, but I highly recommend it to those interested in fashion photography, as well as to any artist in any medium who needs inspiration for human body studies. Excellent book, exceptional images, and fresh approach!

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