Arts & Culture
Guatemalan Textiles: Heart of the Maya World
The Sam Noble Museum is featuring its new temporary exhibit, Guatemalan Textiles: Heart of the Maya World. Opened to the public on Sept. 14 in the museum’s second-floor Higginbotham gallery, the exhibit features traditional clothing called traje that expresses Guatemalan and Mayan culture.
“We are excited to share the display of clothing of our Guatemalan Mayan culture, hoping that visitors can appreciate the symbolism of our tradition that is found within our typical colorful costumes,” said Manuel Ajquejay, vice-consul of the Guatemalan Consulate General of Oklahoma City.
All of the outfits selected to be on display are a part of the Sam Noble Museum’s ethnology collection. Many of the outfits were originally donated from Texas A&M University and John C. Pitzer.
“We worked closely with the museum to choose each of the outfits, selecting the most outstanding Mayan textiles,” said Ajquejay. “They were made by Guatemalan artisan women and take months to process due to their elaborate nature. They are often used at events such as weddings, holidays and other special occasions.”
In addition to the embroidered and brocaded traditional blouse (huipil) and skirt ensemble, textiles such as waist sashes, shawls and headwraps will also be on display. These textiles are handwoven using different types of artisanal looms. The exhibit will also be trilingual in English, Spanish and K’iche’, a native language of Guatemala.
Guatemalan Textiles: Heart of the Maya World will be on display at the Sam Noble Museum through Dec. 6. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and on 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
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