Within every cultural community, traditional garments serve two functions: to protect one from the elements and to express one’s identity and status. Woven into each are encoded signs and symbols that serve to differentiate one region, and its people, from another. In the Bolivian Andes, practical realities proscribe the parameters of the woven world, but the weaver’s mastery of tradition alchemizes the fiber and pattern in miniature into a garment of other worldly beauty. These very same subtle clues are beautifully revealed and expressed anew in the collection Woven Worlds. The museum of international folk art in Santa Fe provided the original inspiration material for Woven Worlds.