Exhibition: "Weaving Generations Together: Evolving Creativity in the Maya of Chiapas"
This exhibition of Zinacantec Maya textiles from Chiapas, Mexico, focuses on how weaving designs have evolved as the region has transitioned from the subsistence agriculture practiced by the ancient Maya to the currency-based commerce of today. This economic change has had a continuing influence on the design of textiles woven on the traditional backstrap loom. Over the centuries, textile design has transitioned from simple woven and embroidered textiles that tied the community together through virtually identical designs to novel, elaborate clothing designs that celebrate an individual weaver’s creativity. The exhibition also examines the transmission of weaving from one generation to the next and shows how this learning process has been transformed under new economic conditions. Curated by Patricia Greenfield, distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA, and Kathryn Klein, curator of ethnology at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. Co-sponsored by the CSRC.