The Centre collects weavings from the Guatemalan highlands which includes both everyday and ceremonial dress. The collection represents over 100 communities and spans a period of 100 years. Collecting continues to this day to ensure that recent trends and fashions within the communities are adequately covered. The textile collection is in the process of being documented and the history of each item is being written, using not only our own reference material but also archives and collections worldwide. Fieldwork in the various communities is an ongoing process. A series of publications on various aspects of Guatemalan Maya life and dress is in preparation.

Our textile resource centre provides a facility to study the Guatemalan Maya textiles in our collction. Please contact us to arrange an appointment – call 020 7371 5291 or email us (see 'about us' page).

Communities Represented in The Guatemalan Maya Centre Textile Collection

Acatenango
Aguacatan
Almolonga
Alotenango
Ayampuj
Cabrican
Cajolá
Cantel
Cerro de Oro
Chajul
Chichicastenango
Chiché
Chimaltenango
Chuarrancho
Cobán
Colotenango
Comalapa
Comitancillo
Concepción Chiquirichiapa
Concepción Huista
Cotzal
Cubulco
Cunén
Cuyotenango
Huitan
Jacaltenango
Joyabaj
Magdalena Milpas Altas
Mazatenango
Mixco
Momostenango
Nahualá

Nebaj
Nejapa
Olintepeque
Palín
Panajachel
Parramos
Patzicí
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Patzun
Puruhla
Quezaltenango
Rabinal
Sacapulas
Salcajá
San Andrés Itzapa
San Andrés Sajcabaja
San Andrés Semetebaj
San Andrés Xecul
San Antonio Aguas Calientes
San Antonio Ilotenango
San Antonio Palopó
San Cristobal Totonicapán
San Bartolo
San Francisco el Alto
San Gabriel Pansuy
San Gaspar Ixil
San Idelfonso Ixtahuacan
San José Nacahuil
San José Poaquil
San Juan Atitán
San Juan Chamelco
San Juan Ixcoy

San Juan La Laguna
San Juan Ostuncalco
San Juan Sacatepequez
San Lucas Tolimán
San Marcos La Laguna
San Martín Sacatepéquez (Chile Verde)
San Martín Jilotepeque
San Mateo Ixtatán
San Miguel Acatán
San Miguel Chicaj
San Pablo La Laguna
San Pedro Carchá
San Pedro Jocopilas
San Pedro La Laguna
San Pedro Necta
San Pedro Sacatepéquez (Guatemala)
San Pedro Sacatepéquez (San Marcos)
San Rafael Independencia
San Rafael Petzal
San Raimundo
San Sebastián Huehuetenango
San Sebastián Retaluleu
Santa Apolonía
Santa Barbara Huehuetenango
Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán Costa
Santa Catarina Palopó
Santa Clara La Laguna
Santa Cruz Balanya
Santa Cruz del Quiché
Santa Cruz La Laguna
Santa Eulalia
Santa Lucia Utatlan
Santa María Cauqué
Santa María Chiquimula
Santa María de Jesús
Santa María Visitacíon
Santiago Atitlán
Santiago Chimaltenango
Santiago Sacatepéquez
Senahú
Sololá
Soloma
Sumpango
Tactic
Tamahú
Tecpán
Todos Santos Cuchumatán
Totonicapán
Tucuru
Tzununa
Uspantán
Xenacoj (Santo Domingo)
Zacualpa
Zunil

Total Number of textiles accessioned to date = 7,000 items from 115 communities
We also hold a collection of over 100 looms from various communities

Textile Curator: Jamie Marshall

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