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"Beyond the Rainbow: Maguey Textiles of Guatemala"
2005-07-25 until 2005-09-09
Design Museum, at University of California, Davis
USA United States of America
The first fibers woven by the indigenous people of Mesoamerica came from the endemic maguey or agave plant. Still in use today, ancient techniques transform these fibers into rope, bags, cargo nets, tumplines, hammocks, and horse gear. The secrets of these processes were learned from extensive field research in Guatemala, and are the basis for this exhibit. Photos and samples illustrate methods of fiber extraction, spinning, and loom and non-loom construction techniques. Market scenes and product use round out the display. Come follow the strand from past to present, by looking beyond the bright rainbow colors of Mayan clothing, to the natural color of maguey.
Curator Kathy Rousso will hold a free hands-on workshop on Saturday July 23 from 9 am to 5 pm. She will be demonstrating how to create small net bags using similar techniques to those displayed in the exhibition. All ages are welcomed. Please call ahead for more information.
About the Curator
Kathy Rousso recieved her MFA in Textile Arts and Costume Design from the University of California, Davis. In 2001 she was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Guatemala on maguey net bags, which led to an exhibit at the Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena in Guatemala City. She continues to work in Guatemala and has given presentations and workshops from Alaska to Costa Rica. She is currently working on a book.