ISBN 9780983886068 Maya Threads A Woven History of Chiapas


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Centuries ago the Maya people created a magnificent culture. Pyramids, temples, astronomical sites, populous cities, and a culture of beauty and sophistication marked what we now know as southern Mexico and Central America. The mysterious œcollapse of the great city-states of the Maya world to the 10th century is as great archaeological mystery. And yet the Maya people, and their culture, live on. Especially in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Even with civil wars and severe economic hardship, the Maya continue to celebrate and sustain their heritage in extraordinary traditional dress and festivals that are both riotous and sacred. Enter the world through the pages of this book. Understand the roots of Maya culture and costume as it is expressed in their ancient history and legends, and in their ever-evolving, colorful, beautifully handcrafted dress. You will see exquisite gauze fabrics that trace their origins from the 9th century AD to a present-day village; festival wear that blends Roman Catholicism and paganism, reverence and mockery; gloriously brocaded and embroidered wardrobes that tie communities together; embroidery techniques that reflect displacements and migration fabrics that trace the history and evolution of a people. Contents: 1 X 224 Page Paperback Main Author: Walter F Morris Author Bio - Walter F Morris is a founder of Sna Jolobil, a weaving collective based in San Cristóbal, which both supports weavers and fosters excellence in native textile arts. Carol Karasik is a writer and editor who has produced a number of books on modern Maya culture. Janet Schwartz is a native New Yorker who came to Chiapas in 1978 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study the Bonampak murals. She has gone on to become a clothing designer, a tour guide, and ultimately a journalist/photographer with thousands of bylines to her credit. Secondary Author: Carol Karasik

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