Red, Black and White through Time

Illuminated by the morning sun in the coastal city of Arica, in Chile’s extreme north, the reed raft Viracocha III features the decoration inspired by the Diaguita Culture on the borders of the central cabin.

The Diaguitas inhabited the territory between the Elqui and Choapa Rivers in what is now northern Chile and Argentina about 1000 years ago. They lived in small villages in which all individuals had specific roles within their social structure.

Their highly developed artistic sense is still well known today. They left traces of their art through the centuries via geometric figures with incredible symmetrical precision, stamped on ceramic vessels and textiles that some how survived the relentless force of nature and the irrational force of the conquering civilizations. Their favorite colors were red, white and black.

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