Maya fashion in the highlands of Chiapas

 

The changes and tradition of the living mayas.
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The Chip Morris Collection at Na Bolom

Thirty years ago, with the financial support of anthropologist Francesco Pellizzi, I began collecting and studying costumes from every Maya community in Chiapas. Five years ago I decided  to make another definitive collection of contemporary textiles from every community included in the Pellizzi Collection. This new collection, when compared to the first, provides a clear physical document of cultural change. Usually cultural change implies tragic loss. In this case, current weavings demonstrate an increasing complexity of cultural expression.