From the Loom of a Goddess

by | Apr 11, 2018

Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving Costume and Textiles

“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.”

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  • Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone (401) 454-6500
  • Dates: April 9, 2018 – August 19, 2018

For more information on this museum exhibit, click on this link.

Photos taken by D.Ferguson on 2017 Textile Tour of Guatemala.