This page is no longer live and exists only for reference purposes, for this reason the content here may be out of date.
If you are looking for something specific at the Whitworth try using our site search
Ancient Textiles from the Andes
This is a past exhibition which ran from 29 March 2019 to 15 September 2019.
This is a rare opportunity to see ancient Andean textiles of this quality and size exhibited in the UK. Through a major loan from the collector Paul Hughes, alongside pieces from the Whitworth, textiles from c300BC to c1400AD. As well as celebrating breath-taking achievements in textile technique and design, this show explores the complexities of their transition from local ritual to a wider international stage. Vitally, acknowledging the human origins of these objects (from tombs and often from bodies themselves) they are part of a programme of debate about ethics, how objects are contextualised and the impact of conservation on how we understand them.
Image: Ocucaje Shirt with Figure, Paracas culture, Southern Andes, wool loop knit, c300 AD, 70x60cm. Paul Hughes Collection