Beyond the Rainbow
Maguey Textiles of Guatemala
The first fibers woven by the indigenous people of Mesoamerica came from the endemic maguey or agave plant. Still in use today, ancient techniques transform these fibers into rope, bags, cargo nets, tumplines, hammocks, and horse gear. The secrets of these processes were learned from extensive field research in Guatemala, and are the basis for this exhibit. Photos and samples illustrate methods of fiber extraction, spinning, and loom and non-loom construction techniques. Market scenes and product use round out the display.
Come follow the strand from past to present, by looking beyond the bright rainbow colors of Mayan clothing, to the natural color of maguey.