I. pron. clí. Prefijo de tercera persona. Third person conjugation
s. Manta (vestido prehispánico). Plaid (pre-Hispanic “dress”)
A boi: his plaid
These unique pieces are the result of an encounter between William Contreras and Ana María Gómez in the mountains of Cucunubá, Colombia. There, every family carries generations of textile knowledge with them. William and Ana shared and exchanged know-how, different perspectives on making textiles and how craft and design may intersect. The storytelling tradition of this region recounts that it was Bochica, one of the gods of the Muisca people, who taught them to spin and weave plaids.
My interest is perhaps in the possible balance between a human scale production of textile and the full-scale practice of design.
For this project, I endeavoured to make an interpretation of the construction of these plaids, which are based on ancient pictograms of the Muiscas. Now that they are made, these textiles are ready to host new warm encounters.