Crafting Gender: Women and Folk Art in Latin America and the Caribbean

Crafting Gender: Women and Folk Art in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Duke University Press Books
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Crafting Gender: Women and Folk Art in Latin America and the Caribbean

This volume initiates a gender-based framework for analyzing the folk art of Latin America and the Caribbean. Defined here broadly as the "art of the people" and as having a primarily decorative, rather than utilitarian, purpose, folk art is not solely the province of women, but folk art by women in Latin America has received little sustained attention. Crafting Gender begins to redress this gap in scholarship. From a feminist perspective, the contributors examine not only twentieth-century and contemporary art by women, but also its production, distribution, and consumption. Exploring the roles of women as artists and consumers in specific cultural contexts, they look at a range of artistic forms across Latin America, including Panamanian molas (blouses), Andean weavings, Mexican ceramics, and Mayan hipiles (dresses).

Art historians, anthropologists, and sociologists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States discuss artwork from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Suriname, and Puerto Rico, and many of their essays focus on indigenous artists. They highlight the complex webs of social relations from which folk art emerges. For instance, while several pieces describe the similar creative and technical processes of indigenous pottery-making communities of the Amazon and of mestiza potters in Mexico and Colombia, they also reveal the widely varying functions of the ceramics and meanings of the iconography. Integrating the social, historical, political, geographical, and economic factors that shape folk art in Latin America and the Caribbean, Crafting Gender sheds much-needed light on a rich body of art and the women who create it.

Eli Bartra Ronald J. Duncan Dolores Juliano Betty LaDuke Lourdes Rejón Patrón Sally Price María de Jesús Rodríguez-Shadow Mari Lyn Salvador Norma Valle Dorothea Scott Whitten

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822331704
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Always Something New: Changing Fashions in a "Traditional Culture"17
The Emergence of the Santeras: Renewed Strength for Traditional Puerto Rican Art35
Kuna Women's Arts: Molas, Meaning, and Markets47
Connections: Creative Expressions of Canelos Quichua Women73
Engendering Clay: Las Ceramistas of Mata Ortiz98
Women's Folk Art in La Chamba, Colombia126
The Mapuche Craftswomen155
Women's Prayers: The Aesthetics and Meaning of Female Votive Paintings in Chalma169
Earth Magic: The Legacy of Teodora Blanco197
Tastes, Colors, and Techniques in Embroidered Mayan Female Costumes220
Suriname: Changing Fashions in a "Traditional Culture"
1.A reverse applique textile in progress18
2.An embroidered cape with patchwork/applique borders23
3.A "bits-and-pieces" cape25
4.A Saramaka narrow-strip cape27
5.Skirt with yarn embroidery and crocheted edging29
6.Calabash drinking bowls32
7.Decorative carved calabashes32
Puerto Rico: The Emergence of the Santeras
1.Las Tres Reinas Magas36
2.Raquel Pagani in her workshop36
3.Archangel Saint Raphael42
Panama: Kuna Women's Arts
1.Kuna women in traditional dress52
2.Young girls learn to make molas57
3.One-color bird mola57
4.Mola blouse62
5.Multicolored frog-leg mola62
6.Canoe mola65
7.Chicha mola65
8.Multicolored political mola67
9.Stuffed fish69
Ecuador: Creative Expressions of Canelos Quichua Women
1.Estela Dagua and Marian Vargas apply resin to a small jar76
2.Apacha Vargas and Estela Dagua76
3.Clara Santi Simbana and Jose Abraham Chango81
Colombia: Women's Folk Art in La Chamba
1.Lidia Ines Sandoval working141
2.Hen-shaped water container147
3.Fish-shaped bowl and donkey figures147
Argentina: The Mapuche Craftswomen
1.Mapuche woman in traditional dress161
2.Rayen (Rosa Zurita)161
3.Mapuche woman weaving163
4.Mapuche rug, Chile163
5.The circulation of crafts within the Mapuche community164
Las Ceramistas of Mata Ortiz
1.Paz Silva de Ramirez shaping a pot111
2.Sara Corona painting115
3.Quality of Mata Ortiz pottery119
4.Quality of Mexican folk art119
5.Mata Ortiz pottery120
6.Mata Ortiz pottery120
7.Mata Ortiz pottery121
Female Votive Paintings in Chalma
1.Ex-voto giving thanks for successful surgery178
2.Ex-voto giving thanks for surviving domestic violence182
3.Ex-voto giving thanks for surviving a beating183
4.Ex-voto giving thanks for recovery from an illness184
The Legacy of Teodora Blanco
1.Mermaid by Irene Blanco205
2.Berta Blanco Nunez209
3.Angelica Vazquez214
Embroidered Mayan Female Costumes
1.Mestiza terno223
2.Mestiza next to tortilla machine229
3.Everyday hipil229
4.Patterns for the edges of a hipil230
5.Mayan woman with hipil233

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