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Title Crafting gender : women and folk art in Latin America and the Caribbean / edited by Eli Bartra
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2003


Description 1 online resource (viii, 244 pages) : illustrations
Series e-Duke books scholarly collection.
Contents Always something new : changing fashions in a "traditional culture" / Sally Price (Suriname) -- The emergence of the santeras : renewed strength for traditional Puerto Rican art / Norma Valle (Puerto Rico) -- Kuna women's arts : molas, meaning and markets / Mari Lyn Salvador (Panama) -- Connections : creative expressions of canelos quichua women / Dorothea Scott Whitten (Ecuador) -- Engendering clay : women potters of Mata Ortiz / Eli Bartra (Mexico) -- Women's folk art in La Chamba, Colombia / Ronald J. Duncan (Colombia)
The Mapuche craftswomen / Dolores Juliano (Argentina) -- Women's prayers : the aesthetics and meanings of female votive paintings in Chalma / María J. Rodríguez-Shadow (Mexico) -- Earth magic : the legacy of Teodora Blanco / Betty Laduke (Mexico) -- Tastes, colors, and techniques in embroidered Mayan female costumes / Lourdes Rejón Patrón (Mexico)
Summary 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. Contributors Eli Bartra Ronald J. Duncan Dolores Juliano Betty LaDuke Lourdes Rej̤n Patr̤n Sally Price Mar̕a de Jes︢s Rodr̕guez-Shadow Mari Lyn Salvador Norma Valle Dorothea Scott Whitten
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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SUBJECT Lateinamerika gnd
Subject Folk art -- Latin America
Folk art -- Caribbean Area
Women artists -- Latin America
Women artists -- Caribbean Area
ART -- Folk & Outsider Art.
CRAFTS & HOBBIES -- Folkcrafts.
Folk art
Women artists
Caribbean Area
Latin America
Form Electronic book
Author Bartra, Eli, editor
ISBN 9780822384878