On-line version ISSN 0718-1043
CASES C, Bárbara and AGUERO P, Carolina. Textiles teñidos por amarras del Norte Grande de Chile. Estud. atacam. [online]. 2004, n.27, pp. 117-138. ISSN 0718-1043. doi: 10.4067/S0718-10432004002700006.
This paper presents textile pieces from archaeological sites in Northern Chile that were made by using the tie-dying technique. They first appear at the end of the Archaic and beginnings of the Formative periods (ca. 1500-1000 BC), their presence lasting until the first half of the Late Intermediate Period (900-1200 AD). We establish the first sequence for this technique (use of which spans over 2700 years) by working on its cultural and chronological documentation. These textiles come from Arica (in Chile's northernmost tip), Tarapacá, the Lower and Middle river Loa, and the oases of San Pedro de Atacama. Although this technique has been traditionally considered to be of Nazca and Tiwananku origin, all of the woven pieces that were revised reveal particularities that are coherent with the places where they come from, allowing us to suppose they are of local making
Keywords : textiles; tie-dying technique ; Northern Chile ; Archaic, Formative, Middle and Late Intermediate Periods.