Maya Textile Tradition

Maya Textile Tradition

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Author: Foxx, Jeffrey Jay

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 232

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Release Date: 01-02-1997

Details: Product description Classic Maya civilization, unrivaled in the New World for its architectural and astronomical mastery, intricate writing systems, and brilliant art forms, disintegrated some 2,000 years ago. This book examines the history of the one art form which persisted virtually intact--textiles--and provides an in-depth look at the Maya as they exist today. 175 illustrations, 145 in color. From Booklist The handwoven garments worn by Mayan peoples of Mexico and Central America and the textiles used in ceremonial observances are tangible manifestations of a potent culture that has endured countless hardships. In this compelling book, four main sections offer varied insights into the history and ecology of the Maya; traditions of weaving in contemporary life; changes taking place in fabric and clothes; and ritualistic practices. Impressive photographs by Jeffrey Foxx offer a pictorial document that illustrates awesome landscapes where Mayan people live and work and, above all, the continuing relevance of embroidered and woven textiles in the everyday lives of Mayan families. In photographs showing children at play, encounters at the marketplace, colorful public ceremonies, and isolated rites, Foxx portrays with remarkable clarity and power the significance of the beautiful fabrics worn both for religious observances and as simple celebrations of cultural identity. Alice Joyce

Package Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches

Languages: English