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Peruvian Casta Paintings

The Importance of Cloth in Colonial Latin America, and its Impact of Images and Classification of Race



This exhibit is displayed at the University of Texas at Austin's Blanton Museum, as a part of the Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America. The collection is meant to explore the various means of production and utilization of garments in Colonial Latin America, and to identify extends of cultural hybridity between Indigenous and European textile production. During the period of Spanish colonial rule over Latin America the cultures from Europe, Indigenous communities, and African slaves intermingled to create varied means of cultural and racial hybridity. 

The purpose of this exhibit is to highlight the nature of textile arts as a collection of visual and material cultures: where this project will focus on the influence of garments on social status', gender, and racial identity. 


Ajudua, Christine. “A New Exhibition at the Blanton Museum in Texas Is Using Fashion to Explore the Art and Hidden Histories of Colonial Latin America.” Artnet News, August 26, 2022.

Deans-Smith, Susan, Ilona Katzew, and William B. Taylor. “Preface.” Preface. In Race and Classification: The Case of Mexican America. Stanford, California: Stanford Univ. Press, 2009.

Suarez, Cohen Ananda. “Clothing the Architectonic Body” and "Casta Painting and Colonial Ideation."Essay. In Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between: Murals of the Colonial Andes. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 2016.

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