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Textiles

Amusgo Huipil
Amusgo Huipil
Ceremonial or Wedding Huipil
Decorative Wall Fabric
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Decorative Wall Hanging
Embroidered Blouse
Embroidered Wall Hanging
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Fiesta Huipil
Fiesta Huipil
Guatemalan Skirt
Mixe Huipil
Mixe Huipil
Along with ceramics, spinning and weaving are considered the oldest of the folk arts.  Before the Spanish Conquest and their introduction to wool, New World fabrics were woven from the fibers of cotton plants, cactus and magueys which are still very much in use today.  The indigeneous textiles of the Americas continue to be quite astonishing in their diversity and complexity, with variations in colors, patterns and textures, using an extensive range of techniques.  The telar de otate or backstrap loom has been used since Pre-Colombian times to weave the huipiles, enredos, sashes and quexquemitls. The Spanish brought the upright or foot loom which is much larger and allows the weaver to make larger pieces of cloth such as the sarapes, gabanes, ponchos and blankets. The rebozo, worn by many indigeneous women today, was introduced in Colonial times and they are woven on both types of looms.  The rebozo takes the place of a hat or a coat, is used as a blanket or a baby carrier, or to transport goods to and from market.  And, of course, it is worn as adornment.  The textiles presented here are an expression of ethnic identity and can be elegantly worn or collected as a decorative textile for the home. 
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