Paracas Funerary Mantles: Offerings for Life – 2015
- Paracas funerary mantles: Offerings for Life
- Who Were The Paracas?
- The Wari Kayán Cemetery and Its discoverer
- What is a funerary bundle?
- Offerings for the Afterlife
- “Reading” the Images
- Severed heads, trophy heads
- Paracas textile art
- Three styles of embroidery
- A miniature outfit
- Headband: Turban I
- Headband: Turban II
- Headband: Turban III
- Turban-cloth: Two-headed serpents
- Skirt: Big-Eyed Being
- Uncu tunic with felines: Big-eyed Being
- Short poncho: Orcas
- Short poncho: Feline-Man
- Short poncho with fringes: Big-Eyed Being
- Attire of a Paracas chief
- Opening a funerary bundle from the Wari Kayán Necrópolis
- Mantles for the afterfile
- Bibliographic references
Three styles of embroidery
The oldest Paracas embroidery styles are Linear and Broad Line. A third style, Block Color, emerged at the beginning of the Common Era and eventually became widespread.
The Linear and Broad Line styles feature geometric designs in linear array, whether vertical, horizontal or diagonal, and all elements in the design are made of a series of parallel, evenly spaced embroidered lines. The regularity of the Linear style derives from its association with the loom weaving process. In the Broad Line style, in contrast, the embroidery stitches are thicker and slightly more flexible. The background color blends in with the primary motif to produce a sort of “transparent” look. The result is a visually elusive image in which it is difficult to distinguish between human and animal figures.
In the Block Color style, complex curved figures result in more detailed body shapes, postures, attire and features. The contrast between the background color and the images makes the iconography much more “readable,” and the range of colors employed in the Color Block style is incomparably greater than in the Linear and Broad Line styles.