Asurini Geometric Textile

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Asurini Geometric Textile

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These hand painted geometric designs from the Asurini comprise a system of graphic art where the contents are related to different systems of meaning. These designs are stylisations of nature, as well as representations of supernatural beings or...Read more

These hand painted geometric designs from the Asurini comprise a system of graphic art where the contents are related to different systems of meaning. These designs are stylisations of nature, as well as representations of supernatural beings or symbolic elements such as 'Anhynga kwasiat' (the mythical being who gave the design to men).

The mesmerising design symbolise elements from nature including intertwined vines in the forest, large beans, turtle shell, monkey tail, honeycomb and the jaguar amongst others. This design on textile is a continued form of expression from their body art. All designs are highly stylised and representative of each indivdual artist who paints them.

In body decorations, the meaning of this artistic manifestation is related to the social categorization of individuals. The motifs for painting are common to both sexes but differ. Among the women, the womb is marked by a design that divides the front part of the body in two, vertically. Among the men, this division is made horizontally, from shoulder to shoulder, leaving the upper part which is not painted. This design for the men symbolises their participation in the activities of war and in the women, the phases of biological and social development. 

Video Clip - Get to know the Assurini people and their art here.

Dimensions: 40.5cm x 25cm