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MAYAN TRAJE: A TRADITION IN TRANSITION -  San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles  •   San Jose, California
July 21, 2019 - October 13, 2019
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The Maya of Guatemala are known worldwide for their excellent weaving and distinctive trajes (traditional clothing). These were once 100% village-specific, and people could be recognized as being from a specific place. Over time, many and diverse influences have caused significant change -- but even so, visitors are struck by the ubiquitous nature of indigenous weaving and the persistence of their “wearable art”. This exhibit will show outstanding examples of clothing from the early 20th century to contemporary fashion, highlight key differences, and explore some of the reasons for these changes. On view will be individual pieces as well as full trajes – none created for tourist markets. These will be drawn from the rarely-displayed collection of the Friends of the Ixchel Museum.

Ceremonial huipil (woman’s blouse), Santa Lucía Utatlán, 1930’s/1940’s


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San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. First St. 
San Jose, CA 95113
United States
408-971-0323