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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, is a contemporary interpretation of an important South American textile tradition. The tradition stems from the weaving practices of an 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 a semi-nomadic, agricultural people who also relied on fishing during the dry season. For centuries, they have used the fibers of the chaguar, a plant in the bromeliad family, to weave fishing nets, bags, and other objects that continue to sustain many of the communities today.  Using an interconnected... more

This is a dress from Argentina. It is dated 2009 and we acquired it in 2011. Museum purchase from Friends of Textiles Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: chaguar fiber (bromeliad family) technique: interconnected looping and crocheted

Its dimensions are

H x W: 176.7 x 77.3 cm (5 ft. 9 9/16 in. x 30 7/16 in.); includes tie

This object was designed by Lydia Novillo and made by Lydia Novillo

This object was agent: Secretaria de Cultura de la Nacion and purchased from Lydia Novillo

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