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From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving Costume and Textiles

  • 20 North Main Street
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone (401) 454-6500
  • Dates: April 9, 2018 - August 19, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Overview

At the heart of Guatemalan Maya culture lies weaving, a practice linked to creation and performed by women on backstrap looms for more than 2,000 continuous years. According to ancient Mayan manuscripts, Ixchel, goddess of the moon, birth, and healing, was the first weaver, and the backstrap loom is portrayed as connecting to her waist at one end and the tree of life at the other. Textiles woven on the backstrap loom continue to be made and worn today as emblems of Maya identity.