Dress, 2009 Medium: chaguar fiber (bromeliad family) Technique: interconnected looping and crocheted. Museum purchase from Friends of Textiles Fund. 2011-17-1.
What is this?
Halter-style dress with a tie at the neck in tan, dark brown and dark blue. Looping is tighter in the mid-section to form a waistband. Deep flounce at the bottom. Pattern is geometric.
Why is this in our collection?
This dress, woven by Lydia Novillo, in a women’s cooperative in Formosa, Argentina illustrates the continuation of an important South American textile tradition through a contemporary lens. The tradition stems from the weaving practices of the indigenous people of South America, the Wichi, who live primarily in Formosa, an isolated area in northern Argentina. Originally settling near the Bermejo and Pilcomayo Rivers they were semi-nomadic, agricultural people who also relied on fishing during the dry season. For centuries they have used the fibers of the chaguar, from the bromeliad family, to weave fishing nets, bags, and other objects, which continue to sustain many of the communities today. ... more