Exhibition: Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles

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SYNTHETIC FIBER HUIPIL Created: 2012

What: Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles

Where: Mint Museum RANDOLPH, Charlotte NC

When: Jan 2 2010-Dec 31 2016

“Maya peoples of Guatemala and southeastern Mexico are renowned for their time-honored tradition of magnificent attire. Among the Maya, dress is an outward expression of cultural pride. Dress also conveys one’s place in the world, signaling social identity and geographic origin or current community.

Today’s repertoire of Maya traditional clothing, called traje, developed primarily during the Colonial Period (1521-1821 C.E.) as a forced adoption of European dress. Yet elements of traje reach back more than 2,300 years. Today’s fashions, as adaptations of imposed, foreign modes to indigenous couture, are testimony to Maya perseverance in spite of hundreds of years of colonization, enslavement and genocide.

Maya clothing styles generally are divided along language boundaries. This exhibition features fashions of the Kaqchikel, Ixil, K’iche’, Mam, Tz’utujil, Chuj, Awakatek, Jakaltek and Poqomchi’ from Guatemala, and Tzotzil and Tzeltal from Chiapas, Mexico.”

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