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Ancestry and Artistry : Maya Textiles from Guatemala, Paperback / softback Book

Ancestry and Artistry : Maya Textiles from Guatemala Paperback / softback


This book explores a century of Mayan textile traditions - from traditional dress to modern artistic and cultural reinvention.

Cloth holds great importance for Guatemala's indigenous communities, and traditional dress plays an essential role in Maya identity today as a vital link with the ancestral past and a means of cultural reinvention.

Whether worn for religious ceremonies or as an emblem of ethnic pride, textiles offer a medium for innovation and creative expression, as well as marketable product for the tourist industry.

Through a range of perspectives reflecting on Maya identity and the effects of global influences on culture and community life in Guatemala, this thoroughly illustrated volume traces a century of dynamic change as well as the remarkable continuity of ancient Maya traditions in the face of significant modernization, political upheaval, and religious transformation.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 120 pages, 60 full-colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Textile Museum of Canada
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Textile artworks
  • ISBN: 9780980908824