This eighth volume represents a historical approach to Mayan clothing, especially that of Guatemala. The book is organized into three chronological sections which correspond to the history of Guatemala. The first four chapters refer to pre-Hispanic times, specifically from the Classic period (A.D. 250-900) to 1524. The fifth through eighth chapters focus on the Colonial period (1524-1821). The following six chapters correspond to the post-Colonial years (1821 to the present). The historical essay by Brenda Picciotto Rosenbaum about women, weaving and identity in San Juan Chamula (Chiapas, Mexico) serves as an epilogue.
This volume inspired the design and mounting of the major permanent exhibition of the Museo Ixchel, which was inaugurated in 1993 in the institution’s new building.
Linda Asturias de Barrios, Didier Boremanse, Dina Fernández García, Abby Sue Fisher, Julia A. Hendon, Matilde Ivic de Monterroso, Rosemary A. Joyce, Barbara Knoke de Arathoon, Christa Little Siebold, Idalma Mejía de Rodas, Cherri Pancake, Ana Roquero, Brenda Picciotto Rosenbaum, Eugenia Sáenz de Tejada, Margot Blum Schevill, and Irma Alicia Velásquez. Translated by Jennifer H. de Keller.
English version edited by Barbara Knoke de Arathoon, Nancie L. González & John M. Willemsen Devlin. Original publication in Spanish edited by Linda Asturias de Barrios & Dina Fernández.