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Re: Art of Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas

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Nancy Walkup (walkup)
Mon, 28 Oct 1996 08:08:04 CST6CDT

Date: Sun, 27 Oct 1996 22:22:01 -0500 (EST)
From: Ruth Voyles <rvoyles>
Subject: Re: Art of Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas
To: Ticia Valentine <marval>
Cc: artsednet

I know the Incas did exquisite inkle weaving. On an Inkle loom, one
weaves long narrow strips of fabric which can them be sewn together as
clothing, blankets, etc. Inkle weaving is a warp-faced weave, in other
it is the warp fibers that creates the design, as opposed to traditional or
tapestry weaving, which are weft-faced weaves, (the fibers used in the weft
create the design). The Incas did their weaving on backstrap looms,
which are simple to make and portable. The Indians in the mountains
there still use the backstrap loom and are noted for their textiles. If
you are interested in an inkle loom, Sax and Nasco both sell them.

About a year ago I saw an exhibition the excavation at Sipan, (also
Peru?) where the remains of a culture called the Moche were found.
In it were some examples of strips of fabric woven on a tapestry
loom. Tapestry weaving is very easy to learn and a tapestry loom
can be made very simple as well.

If you do use weaving as one of your activities, I would love to hear
about it.

Ruth Voyles
Art Educator
The Toledo Museum of Art
The University of Toledo

On Sun, 27
Oct 1996, Ticia Valentine wrote:

> Hello all you artsy people!
> I am trying to plan a lesson for fifth graders that integrates with
> a unit that my fifth graders are currently studying about the Aztecs, Incas,
> and the Mayas. I am wondering if any of these groups did some outstanding
> weaving of some sort. My knowledge of these cultures is very limited.
> If you have any ideas for me, let me know!
> Ticia M. Valentine
> First Flight Elementary School
> Kill Devil hills, NC

Dear Ticia:

If you look at "Weaving Granite" on ArtsEdNet, you will find two
comprehensive lessons on weaving (with paper and with yarn)
under "Common Threads." Good luck.


Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 5098, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867