The Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2014
After 80 years or so in Sweden, some unique weavings from the Paracas culture are starting to make the return trip to Peru.
After friendly negotiations with the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, a first batch of the textiles arrived in Lima this week. A total of 89 pieces were spirited out of Peru in the 1930s and all are expected to be returned by 2021.
One large blanket has 32 different shapes, unlike most Paracas mantles that tend to repeat the same pattern in the entire fabric. “This is the world’s most valuable textile piece,” said Peru’s deputy minister in charge of cultural heritage, Luis Jaime Castillo.