Museum of New Mexico Press


Folk Art of the Andes

Barbara Mauldin, Author

This book, with over 400 color photographs, is the first to present an overview of the religious, textile, costume, utilitarian, and festival folk arts made in the Andes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, after the Andeans were free from Spanish colonial rule. The author describes the development of folk art during the colonial period and shows how much of the work produced after independence reflects the interweaving of indigenous craft traditions with European art forms and techniques.


"surprising and impressive in its depth, geographical and topical scope, and stunning field and studio photography. The author has conducted fieldwork in the Andes as well as extensive library research, and it shows. [She] is to be commended for a beautiful, comprehensive, and affordable scholarly volume that is undeniably the definitive work on postcolonial Andean folk art."
-Journal of Anthropological Research


"takes a comprehensive look at an array of great Andean craft traditions. In lucid, engaging prose, Mauldin delves into the richness, craftsmanship, and multi-layered social and cultural meanings of artisan-made objects in a complex, caste-bound world. Along with a wealth of in-depth information, what emerges is a portrait of living folk art traditions, that have adapted and been revitalized, to flourish with even greater power and beauty today. The book abounds with over four hundred wonderfully-detailed photographs, both of individual pieces and of Andean people at work, worship,at dances, pageants, and pilgrimages. Folk Art of the Andes is an invaluable resource to gladden the hearts of collectors, scholars, travelers, and armchair anthropologists."


"This document will stand as the definitive text on the art of the region. Well organized, with fine images and a testament of the creative spirit, one is reminded of the significant role art can play as a physical manifestation of culture."
-Raw Vision

Trim: 12" x 10"

Pages: 304

Illustrations: 444 color images, 2 maps

Folklore/Folk Arts




Cloth $50.00