Secret strings: the sounds of fibre and ply

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This article analyses two khipu epistles from the Central Andes, explaining how the authors studied them. We describe the logosyllabic system of communication that they represent, and speculate on whether this phonetic system is a colonial invention or has pre-Columbian roots.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe material culture of basketry
Subtitle of host publicationPractice, skill and embodied knowledge
EditorsStephanie Bunn, Victoria Mitchell
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Visual Arts
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781350094055
ISBN (Print)9781350094031
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2020


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