Monday, October 6, 2014

Mayan Textiles in Chiapas, Mexico

During a recent trip to Mexico I came across a beautiful small museum in the mountain town of San Cristobal de las Casas which is located in Chiapas in the south. Next to the San Domingo church, the Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya is housed in a restored convent and is a treasure trove of textiles and weaving particular to the indigenous tribes of the extended mayan peninsula. In addition to displays there were endless pull out drawers with textile weaving and embroidery samples from different cultural groups as well as different time periods. There is such a vibrancy and exuberance yet also a sophistication both visually and technically to these beautiful Mayan textiles that I had to share!