MUSEO IXCHEL – Museum of Indigenous Textiles
Today, I finally visited Museo Ixchel, the museum of indigenous textiles and traditional dress (it’s only about a five minute walk from my apartment, but I just got around to checking it out). Something interesting I learned (which has given me some new perspective on people and clothing I’ve seen while living here) is the ways in which indigenous women have incorporated Western styles of clothing into their traditional dress. Originally, there were specific color combinations and patterns for everyday and ceremonial dress in each village and people would only wear clothing corresponding to their own community. Now, depending on style and personal taste, some women choose to wear the dress from whichever community they like. They also wear “generic” patterns that don’t have any affiliation to a certain community. Certain styles of shirts and materials used are hybrids between traditional and Western styles, which explains why I often see younger girls wearing tops different from their mothers and grandmothers. There were also temporary exhibits of embroidery and watercolor paintings of indigenous people from around the country.
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