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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:56 pm 
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My attention has been drawn to a website for those interested in Guatemalan Mayan culture in general or textiles in particular Visitors to London may be able to see exhibits or access the resource centre. The Centre advises contacting them before visiting.

The Centre operates as a small cultural and educational centre dedicated to the Maya of Guatemala. We run a varied programme of topical films and lectures to compliment the free exhibitions and there are more specialised facilities for students and academics: the textile collection (showing the development of Guatemalan Maya costume from the turn of the century to the present day) is one of the largest of its kind with 7000 textiles. We also house a reference library of over 2000 books and 100 videos which cover all aspects of Guatemala and the Maya. The majority of floorspace is dedicated to colourful tableaux showing daily life and dress from Maya Indian villages of highland Guatemala. The textiles on exhibit are drawn from the Centre's collection and display a range of techniques including ikat, embroidery, tapestry and brocading. The exhibitions change annually. The Centre was founded in 1990 by Krystyna Deuss, author of "Indian Costumes from Guatemala", who spends 5 months each year in Guatemala continuing her research into the customs of the Highland Maya. Jamie Marshall, curator of the Centre's collections, is in the process of documenting the textiles.

There are some excellent photos by Jamie Marshall on the site. Some of you may know the book 'Indian Costumes from Guatemala' by Krystyna Deuss, founder of the Centre originally published in 1981, second edition in 1990 which is still available via the Centre/website and which I recognised immediately I saw it on the site as I have had it in my library for several years.

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