Blanket made up of two pieces of wool woven and stitched together, First half of the 20th century, natural and aniline dyes, bayetón (plain canvas with textured face), embroidery, Rocca Bassetti Collection, Museum of Cultures, Milan
Tickets: Free admission with reservations required
Adresse: Via Tortona 56
Even before America was discovered, the women of Monte Quichua in Argentina were known among fellow indigenous peoples for their remarkable skill at embroidery. Through change and new inventions, the tradition has made its way to today with fabrics that are witnesses to history, know-how and an endless capacity for adaptation. Telling the story at the Mudec, a precious selection of blankets donated to the museum four years ago by the collector Andreina Rocca Bassetti. As if in a real garden, flowers and decorative motifs pop off the surfaces created by skilled hands, keeping an ages-old culture alive. Along with the wealth of the techniques and designs, each piece carries the traces of time, the external impacts and the innovations that the women of Santiago del Estero incorporated and translated into their own world. More of this can be discovered in the documentary that accompanies the exhibition, dedicated to Berna Paz, the last master weaver of the old generation (1931 - 2020). The result of field work carried out in 2019 by the researchers of Mudec with director Federico Ferrario, the film gathers - for the first time, from the voices of the actual artisans - the secrets of the fabrics which became high fashion in the 1980s and which are, today, sought-after objects for collectors.