As with all ancient cultures, we learn about myths, lifestyles and events through archaeological study. Many of our ancestral societies created art to tell stories – from pottery to painting, clothing and tapestries.
When it comes to Peruvian folk art, many historians have studied cloth remnants from as far back as 1000BC to learn about these ancient societies.
Commemorating events, depicting rituals and telling myth and creation stories through weaving has been a connective thread through the rise and fall of Peruvian societies. Scholars who have studied these times know which styles were used in which period and can therefor successfully date them and can learn so much about what they did, how they lived and what was important to them.
This shared history depicted in Peruvian folk art tapestries is the basis for Maximo Laura to create his own fabulously rich Peruvian tapestries. Taking elements from his personal history and that of 5 generations of weavers, he has become a student of art across the world, interlinking ancestral techniques with contemporary style to create internationally acclaimed art.