Textiles from Guatemala: Traditions and Transitions will be on display at the Center for the Arts Evergreen (Colorado) from September 19 through October 17, 2014. The opening reception is on Friday, September 19 from 4‐7 pm. More info can be found at http://www.evergreenarts.org/events.php.
For a thousand years, Maya weavers have been creating textiles for useful, beautiful garments in Guatemala. Their labor-intensive artistic weavings represent years of traditional methods, techniques, and styles. This exhibition presents examples of exquisite Guatemalan textiles and their evolution through time.
Viewers will learn about different weaving and dying techniques, as well as potential reasons behind their evolution. Examples of the over 50 Guatemalan textiles that will be on display are blouses, skirts, dresses, belts, headwraps, pants, scarves, dishcloths, and more.
Meg Leonard will provide a brief history of Guatemalan Textiles and how and why they are changing.
Center for the Arts Evergreen has partnered with Friendship Bridge, a nonprofit organization that provides microcredit and education to Guatemalan women, empowering them to find their own solutions to poverty. With the support of volunteers from ten United States Friendship Bridge Circles, including a local Evergreen, Colorado Group, the organization has reached over 20,000 women through their Microcredit Plus Program. (Reporting from Moira Heffernan)