Word & Thread
Word is thread and the thread is language.
A line associated to other lines.
A word once written risks becoming linear,
Vibratory forms in space and in time.
Acts of union and separation.
The word is silence and sound.
The weaver sees her fiber as the poet see her word.
The thread feels the hand, as the word feels the tounge.
Structures of feeling in the double sense
Is the word the conducting thread, or does thread conduct the word-
Both lead to the centre of memory, a way of uniting and connecting.
A word carries another word as thread searches for thread.
A word is pregnant with other words and a thread contains
Metaphors in tension, the word and the thread carry us beyond
To speak is to thread and the thread weaves the world.
In the Andes, the language itself, Quechua, is a cord of twisted straw,
To weave a design is pallay, to raise the fibers, to pick them up.
To read in Latin is legere, to pick up.
The weaver is both weaving and writing a text
An ancient textile is an alphabet of knots, colors and directions
Today the weaving no only "represent," they themselves are
Ponchos, llijllas, aksus, winchas, chuspas and chumpis are beings
"The body given entirely to the function of signifying."
A textile is "in the state of being textile": awaska.
And one word, acnanacuna designates the clothing, the language
And the energy of the movement has a name and a direction: lluq'i,
A direction is a meaning and the twisting of the thread
The last two movements of a fiber should be in opposition:
a fiber is made of two strands lluq'i and paña.
A word is both root and suffix : two antithetical meanings in one.
The word and the thread behave as processes in the cosmos.
The process is a language and a woven design is a process re-
"An axis of reflection," says Mary Frame:
The twisted strands become serpents
"Sprang is a weftless technique, a reciprocal action whereby the
The fingers entering the weave produce in the fibres
The thread dies when it is released, but comes alive in the
the tension gives it a heart.
Soncco, is heart and guts, stomach and conscience, memory,
The word and the thread are the heart of the community.
In order to dream, the diviner sleeps on fabric made of wik'uña.