Thursday, October 5, 2017 ⋅ 4 – 6 PM
Hammond Campus, Student Union & Library, Alumni Hall
To the Maya of Guatemala and southern Mexico, weaving and the wearing of traditional dress or traje is central to their identity. Their culture and history are passed from generation to generation through this traditional craft. Both the men and women participate in the weaving, sewing and crocheting of their costumes and they are worn with love and pride.
Each village has its own traje. The construction of the garments, the colors and designs are all particular to one village. They reflect the culture, social and artistic values as well as the family identity of those who wear them.
Traje worn by women consists of a huipil (blouse), a corte (skirt), faja (belt), tocoyal (headdress) and a perraje (a shawl used for both warmth and carrying things). The men’s costumes have a more of the colonial influence but the Mayan influence is still visible. Even the jewelry worn is particular to the village. The designs used in the weaving are symbolic of gods, nature, animals and contemporary life. Many of these images come from pre-Columbian times.
Presentation and Q&A with the artist, Winifred Godfrey
Free and open to the public
Formal remarks at 5:15 PM
Refreshments will be served
The series of figures represents a sampling of the different indigenous Mayan groups of Guatemala. Each village has a different costume, which has a special meaning to those who wear it. Many villages are represented in these painting. I’ve mixed the people in the procession together in a way that would never be found naturally–artistic license, if you will. Some of the costumes are completely traditional; others are mixed with outside influences. Some of the figures are in religious dress; some are in everyday wear. A few show the influence of Western culture.
— Winifred Godfrey
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