The rich textile traditions of Central and South America date back to pre-Hispanic Conquest times. They stem from a society whose culture is so firmly based on weaving cloth that at one time woven cloth was a status symbol and often took the place of monetary currency. This book looks at both the differences and the similarities between the weaving and textile techniques and traditions of the various Latin American countries, and explores the symbolic meanings of the designs woven into or imprinted onto the cloth. The text is supplemented by diagrams and details of the woven fabrics, and illustrated by many location photographs that show the costumes as they are worn and the craftspeople at work. Hard Cover.