The remote Chiapas Highlands of southern Mexico possesses textile traditions that are among the most interesting, varied, and masterful in the world. Separated by extreme terrain and distinct climates, Maya villages in this region have developed weaving techniques styles of dress, and aesthetics that have thrived for centuries. Discovering the dense, shaggy woolens of Chamula, the gossamer cotton gauze weaves of San Bartolome de los Llanos, the voluminous trousers of of HuixtÁb and the ever-changing floral riot of Zinacantan, readers will marvel at the variety, ingenuity, skill, and dedication of the cloth makers of Chiapas. Splendid photographs of breathtaking landscapes, everyday life, and the mystery and ceremony of festivals will tempt the adventurous explorers and armchair travelers alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Walter F. Morris Jr. (“Chip”) came to Chiapas as a tourist from Boston in 1972 and has stayed on to become deeply expert in the textiles and culture of the Highlands. His fluency in Tzotzil and his extensive time in Maya villages have given him unique insights into the history and symbolism of Maya textiles, which has has shared generously in his writings. Chip is founder of San Jolobil, a weaving collective based in San Cristóbal, which both supports weavers and fosters excellent in native textile arts. He received a MacArthur Award in 1983 for his work in textile symbology in Chiapas. Janet Schwartz is a native New Yorker who came to Chiapas in 1978 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study the Bonampak Murals; she has gone on to become a clothing designer a tour guide and ultimately a journalist with thousands of by-lines to her credit. Alfredo Martinez Fernandez trained in photography at the Kodak education center in Mexico and filmmaking at the Carrillo Gil Museum. He specializes in documenting adventures, extreme sports, and expeditions. He has visited eighty countries as a reporter and documentarian. Carol Karasik is a writer and an editor of numerous books on Chiapas.