top of page


Selected Publications



2013    The Peruvian Four Selvaged Cloth: Ancient Threads/New Directions. Los Angeles: The Fowler Museum, UCLA and Washington University Press, Seattle. 


2011    Looking at Textiles: a guide to technical terms. Getty Publications, Los Angeles.


2010    Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color. Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, New Haven.


2004    The Colonial Andes: Tapestries and Silverwork, 1530-1830  The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2004. (Elena Phipps, Johanna Hecht and Cristina Esteras, co-authors.)






Recent Articles and Book Chapters

2023d  Vestimenta e identidad: del Tahuantinsuyo a la Colonia. In Ricardo Kunioshi, Celia Pardo and Julio Rucabado, Los Incas. Lima: Museo de Arte de Lima,  pp 134-138 [Spanish]


2023c The Color Purple in the Andes. Dyes in History and Archaeology 40th Anniversary Publication. London: Archetype Press, Vol 37/40, pp 1-16.

2023b   Weaving Silver: Brilliance and Sheen in Andean Colonial Textile Traditions Silver: Travelling Light. London: London Academy. 193-226

2023a  Andean Textile Traditions and the Inka. In Izumi Shimada, editor The Inka and their Tawantinsuyu: The Land of Four Quarters. Peoples Republic of China. Beijing: Cultural Relics Press.[Chinese language] 2023.pp 297-306.

2022c  Chasing the elusive viscacha in Precolumbian textiles at the intersection of art and science [Co-authored with Caroline Solazzo] Journal of Archaeological Science 140 (2022) 105575.


2022b Catalogue Entries Hanging or Mantle M.2011.36; Man’s Processional Tunic (Uncu); Poncho with Musicians M.40.1.76 ; Coca Bag with Birds and Animal Designs (opened on sides) 70.3.2; Set of Ecclesiastical Vestments M.85.96.1, 7, 8, 9. . FOR Ilona Katzew, ed., Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800. Highlights from LACMA’s Collection, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York: DelMonico Books • D.A.P., 2022).

2022a Bolivia, Republic of, Section VI Textiles (Ruth Corcuera revised by Elena Phipps 2021) for Grove Art Online. Jan 2022.

2021d Textiles of the Andes: techniques traditions and cultures. In Cecilia Pardo and Jago Cooter Peru: a journey in time. London:The British Museum. Pp 192-203.

2021c Silk, Cotton, Wild Banana, and Piña: luxury cloth and their materials connecting worlds. In  Florina Capistrano Baker and Meha Priyadarshini eds. TRANSPACIFIC ENGAGEMENTS: Exchange, Translation, and Visual Culture of Entangled Empires (1565–1898). Makati City, Los Angeles, Florence: Ayala Foundation Inc, Getty Research Institute, and Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. 2021, pp 181-195.

2021 b Viscacha: luxury, fate and identification in Precolumbian Textiles. Elena Phipps and Caroline Solazzo. Published in Hidden Stories/Human Lives: Proceedings of the Textile Society of America 17th Biennial Symposium, October 15-17, 2020.  doi: 10.32873/unl.dc.tsasp.0124


2021a Nuance, Brilliance and Sheen in Andean Textile Traditions” Materia Americana. ("Materiality between Art, Science and Culture in the Viceroyalties, 16th to 18th centuries: Getty Research Institute Aug 2016) Gabriela Siracusano and Agustina Rodriguez Romero, editors: Buenos Aires: Eduntref (University of Tres de Febrero Press). English and Spanish vols. Pp.21-33.

2020 Woven Brilliance: Approaching Color in Andean Textile Traditions. Textile Museum Journal, Vol 47: 29-54.

2019b  Andean Looms. In Zhao, F., Sardjono, S. and C. Buckley, eds. A World of Looms: Weaving Technology and Textile Arts. Hangzhou: China National Silk Museum

2019a    Sacred Surfaces: Textiles Carpets and Mesas in the Colonial Andes. Hali Fall issue


2018c  “Garment Traditions of the Andes: construction, gender and identity.”  In: Serge Lemaitre, editor Inca: Textiles and Ornaments in the Andes. Brussels: Ludion. 2018. Pp 91-104.


2018b  “A Simple Twist of Fate: The Anatomy of a Bolivian Textile.” In The Significance of Small Things: essays in honor of Diana Fane (Luisa Elena Alcala and Ken Moser, eds.)  Madrid: Ediciones el Viso.2018. pp 143-149.


2018a “Garments, Tocapu, Status, and Identity: Inca and colonial perspectives” The Oxford Handbook of the Incas. Edited by Sonia Alconini and Alan Covey. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Print Publication Date:  Jun 2018. Online Publication Date: Apr 2018. Pp 645-698.


2017b “Andean Textile Traditions: Material Knowledge and Culture, part 1.” Precolumbian Textiles Conference VII, Copenhagen, June 2016. Online pub.


2017a “Textiles of the Andes: Tradition and Culture.” In Shimada, Izumi, Shinoda, Ken-ichi, and Ono Masahiro, eds.. Ancient Civilization of the Andes. Tokyo: Tokyo Broadcasting System-TV and the National Museum of Nature and Science. Pp. 71-173, plus catalogue entries 57, 65, 66, 67, 68, 98, 99, 126, 155, 156, 157.[Japanese language text] [Chinese language edition forthcoming]

2015d  “Shades of Red: Color and Culture in Andean Textiles.” In Carmen Padilla and Barbara Anderson, eds. A Red like no other: How Cochineal Colored the World. Rizzoli Skira.Pp. 106-117.

2015c  “Inka Textile Traditions and Their Colonial Counterparts”  in Izumi Shimada ed. The Inka Empire: A Multidisciplinary Approach (The William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere). Austin: University of Texas Press. Pp.197-214.

2015 b “New Textiles in a New World: 18th Century Textile Samples from the Viceregal Americas.” Textile Society of America  2014 Biennial Symposium Proceedings: New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, Los Angeles, California, September 10–14, 2014.


2015a  “Woven Documents: Color, Design and Cultural Origin of the Textiles in the Getty Murúa” T. Cummins, Emily Engel, Barbara Anderson and Juan Ossio, editors, Manuscript Cultures of Mexico and Peru: New Questions and Approaches, Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute Publications. Pp. 65-84.


2013c  “The Iberian Globe” and “Global Colors: Dyes and the Dye Trade from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century” in A. Peck, editor The Interwoven Globe: Worldwide Textile Trade 1500-1800. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pp. 28-45; pp. 120-135; and 13 Catalogue entries .


2013b   “An Andean Colonial Woman’s Mantle: the New World and its Global Networks.” in Textiles and Politics: Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium Proceedings, Washington, DC, September 18- September 22, 2012. UNL digitalcommons.

Some of my articles can be found on Academia and Research Gate
bottom of page