The Story of the Bolivian Poncho

A valuable collection of ponchos hand-woven by Aymara and Quechua Indian women has been assembled and studied by a researcher who has spent 40 years of his life getting to know the art of these textiles and what they have meant to indigenous peoples.

Oscar Barriga sums up his field research in the recently published book "El Poncho en Bolivia," the fruit of his passion for collecting them that began in 1966 out of a wish to keep the country's textile heritage from being looted and lost. Continue reading original article...

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