Bolivia arrives at exhibition in Paris with Aymara architecture and fashion

AFP reports for Pagina Siete:

Ana Palza will be accompanied by the well-known Aymara dressmaker Bertha Acarapi and other seamstresses.

Bolivia will arrive at “Geometries of the South: From Mexico to Patagonia”, an exhibition of the Cartier Foundation that will be inaugurated next Sunday in Paris, hand in hand with the Chola fashion, typical clothes of indigenous women, and the Neo-Andean architecture of the cholets.

“The fashion of the chola paceña, through 46 costumes by the designer and goldsmith Ana Palza, and the architecture of Freddy Mamani’s cholets will be displayed in Paris,” the municipality of La Paz reported in a statement sent to AFP.

Palza will be accompanied by the well-known Aymara dressmaker Bertha Acarapi and other seamstresses.

The chola dress, used by the Aymara women since colonial times, is basically made up of multicolored skirts of several layers of cloth that form a sort of voluminous bell. The women also cover the torso with alpaca or vicuña wool sweaters.

They also wear bowler hats and the more affluent wear expensive earrings, bracelets and necklaces of gold and silver.

The architect Mamani is the inventor of the Neo-Andean style that characterizes El Alto, neighbor of La Paz, at 4,000 meters above sea level. The city exhibits millionaire multi-colored and tile facades, with icons of the Tiwanaku culture.

It is also distinguished because the wealthy Indians build a kind of house or villa on top of a building, which is used for the rental of offices and commercial businesses.

For the exhibition, Mamani turned one of the spaces of the Cartier Foundation into a ballroom that transports the viewer to a popular party in El Alto.

An image of its peculiar buildings illustrates the cover of the catalog of the exhibition, which will be open to the public until the end of February 2019.

The municipality of La Paz said that the exhibition “celebrates the richness of colors and diversity of styles in the geometric art of Latin America,” and brings together 250 works of art from more than 70 artists from the region from the pre-Columbian period to today.

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