Destined to be the definitive guide to the history, meaning, and evolution of Chiapas textiles from pre-Columbian royal raiment to the latest manifestations of ancient symbols and styles. Chiapas hosts one of the country’s largest indigenous populations with a strong cultural identity. Chip Morris’s well trained and observant eyes on the fabrics, techniques, designs, and colors that make the region one of the finest and most varied living textiles histories in the world provide a rich cultural history. Maya Threads is the ultimate source book for anyone interested in the culture and history of Chiapas, Mexico.
Winner of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for excellence in editorial content, photography, and design!
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 he has shared generously in his writings. Chip is a founder of Sna Jolobil, a weaving collective based in San Cristóbal, which both supports weavers and fosters excellence in native textile arts. He received a MacArthur Award in 1983 for his work in textile symbology in Chiapas. He is the author of A Textile Guide to the Highlands of Chiapas.
Carol Karasik is a writer and editor who has produced a number of books on modern Maya culture. She is the author of The Turquoise Trail, a popular book about intercultural exchange between Mesoamerica and the Southwest and The Drum Wars: A Modern Maya Story. Thrums Books published her delightful collection of Maya stories Maya Gods and Monsters in 2016.
Photographer 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/photographer with thousands of bylines to her credit.
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