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The history of woven textiles as a highly regarded\, refined art form in Latin America spans 12 millennia. Physical evidence includes f ragments of cloth and rope found in a Peruvian cave dating to about 10\,000 BCE\, and pieces of woven cords and mats made by the Olmec between 2\,500 and 1\,200 BCE along the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Although organic fibers degr ade and colors and patterns fade with time\, many ancient works of art in c lay\, stone\, and other more durable materials depict textiles in vivid det ail and provide important information about early styles\, symbols\, and si gnificance.

In addition to serving practical purposes such as clothing\, warming\, covering\, and carrying\, ancient textiles conveyed co mplex sacred and secular meanings. To this day\, traditional textiles commu nicate information about the age\, gender\, marital status\, ethnicity\, an d social rank of their wearers. Weavers are held in high regard in Mesoamer ica and the Andes\, as skilled craftspeople connected to the ancestors thro ugh their art form. Weaving cooperatives have been formed to preserve and p ass on to future generations the weaving traditions. Even so\, commercially made fabrics and garments are increasingly favored for their availability\ , style\, and ease of care.

Through a selection of objects dep icting how textiles were worn in ancient times and the juxtaposition of anc ient and contemporary textiles\, this exhibition examines continuity and in novation in the forms\, motifs\, materials\, and meanings of textiles and r elated prestige objects from the Maya region of Mesoamerica and the Central Andes region of South America.

DTEND:20130325 DTSTAMP:20141220T052626 DTSTART:20121110 GEO:44.958087;-93.27311 LOCATION:Minneapolis Institute of Arts\,2400 Third Avenue South \nMinneapol is\, MN 55404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Continuous Threads: Prestige and Identity in Latin America UID:246846 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130121T200000 DTSTAMP:20141220T052626 DTSTART:20130121T180000 GEO:44.958087;-93.27311 LOCATION:Minneapolis Institute of Arts\,2400 Third Avenue South \nMinneapol is\, MN 55404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Continuous Threads: Prestige and Identity in Latin America UID:256390 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR