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FIT GRAD STUDENT SAVES THE LIFE OF A 2000 YEAR OLD TEXTILE

Hue loves old things.  Things with a history, and a little bit of mystery.  That’s why we were so heartened to read that Quinn Bradley, who’s earning her MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, spent last semester in her Advanced Conservation class working on this:

Bradley writes:

“This is a 2000-year-old Nazca textile from Peru. I did 80 hours of conservation on it, which included cleaning, relining, and stabilizing it with net overlays. The lining fills in areas of loss all over, and the invisible net keeps the holes from growing and frayed edges from unraveling more. All stitching was done by hand.”

A public affairs associate at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Bradley said, “I had trouble figuring out what the design meant. One day, I was walking through the galleries here where I work when I noticed a piece of Nazca pottery that had a very similar motif. I started to have a hunch that it had something to do with water and irrigation and farming, since Nazca is such an arid coastal region. Then I found an old issue of Hali, a magazine for people who collect antique carpets and textiles. They ran an article about water symbolism in Nazca textiles, and a lot of them had the exact same patterns mine did. So my hunch was right!”

Now, because of something Bradley told us, we’re completely obsessed with the Nazcan Lines, ancient geoglyphs.  Dude.  Those are far out.