Karen Barbé Workshops

23 Jun 2008


[This image is hosted on Flickr]
Ekekos picture from Cltn's Flickr

I've been trying to build a sort of mood board with these Frutti print samples and other elements that represent abundance, fertility and spring (am I too early yearning for it?). I've always admired the Altiplano's weaving, woolens and their use of bright colours in contrast with the dryness of the surroundings.

(Above) Pompoms symbolise fertility and are beautifully used in the llamas flowering ritual.
(Centre) An Aymará faja (sash) in bright fuchsia and lemon green.
(Below) Some colour overloaded ekekos.


Kristina said...

I love how your pastel tutti frutti print goes with a bold coloured pompoms,I adore them but I didn't know that they symbolise fertility!

Karen Barbé said...

Hi Kris,
Thanks! As far as I know colourful pompoms as textiles ornaments resemble flowers and fertility in Andean cultures. I'm not sure if it means the same in other communities around the world but I'll keep an eye on it and see if I find any differences or similarities. Ciao!