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Artefactos : Colombian Crafts from the Andes to the Amazon [Hardcover]

By Liliana Villegas (Author) & Benjamin Villegas (Author)
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The artifacts that remain today from ancient Columbian civilizations reveal a remarkable people-who built homes that could withstand the elements in the world's wettest rain forest, carved monumental statues of their ancient ancestors and sacred spirits, and tantalized the western world with the beauty of their golden objects set with the finest emeralds. These artifacts serve not only as a testimony of the great achievements of cultures that disappeared long ago, but as patterns and inspirations for those who still carry on these craft traditions in the tropical rain forests or snow-capped mountains of what is today Columbia.

This book presents artifacts-or artefactos-from everyday life, objects that have accompanied Columbian people through the centuries, both in their earthly and spiritual activities. In both English and Spanish, the word artifact means, literally, "made with skill or art." Although all worthy of museums and galleries, these are not just exhibition pieces, nor are their makers all members of a separate artisan class. There is no Columbian home, however humble, that does not have a handmade broom, stool, basket, textile, or rustic furniture; nor is there a single Amazon Indian who cannot quickly piece together a basket from leaves found in the jungle.

Many of the crafts made today still retain a significance beyond the strictly utilitarian, from the basket holder whose hourglass shape is a fertility symbol to the stool carved by a young man as a sign of his goldwork to basketry, weaving to pottery-are an astounding body of work and provide a lesson in how people use their natural environment-and their hands-to create splendid objects and surrounds.

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Studio: Villegas Editores
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.26" Width: 10.14" Height: 1.03"
Weight:   3.32 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2000
Publisher   Villegas Editores
ISBN  9589393837  
ISBN13  9789589393833  

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More About Liliana Villegas & Benjamin Villegas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Liliana Villegas studied at the textile workshop of Los Andes University before moving on to fashion, carpet, doll, and interior design. She later specialized in fine arts at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and Paris. She is the author of "IWOUYA, ""Guajira Through Weaving," Benjamin Villegas is the director and owner of Villegas Editores, where he has created, developed, designed, and edited more than 240 large-format illustrated books in both Spanish and English.

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