Fashion


The changing colors and designs of contemporary Maya costume reflect the changes that have occurred in Chiapas over the last decade. The slow climb up the ladder of poverty, the move toward better education and greater equality, can be seen in the vigorous patterns of women’s clothes. With 3000 years of patience, every woman makes elaborate brocades and embroidery that tell us where she is from, reveal the customs she grew up with, and express her creative spirit. Every season, women produce new visions of themselves and the world, visions that are affirmations of tradition translated into something new, resilient, and hopeful. Dressed for change, Maya weavers are visibly designing and transforming theirculture before our very eyes.