Huipils and Magic: Memories of Mexico

huipil, Chiapas, Mexico

Handmade in Chiapas As Maya huipils go, those from Oxchuc in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico are not my personal favorites. They’re characterized by bold graphic stripes, often crimson on white, with odd embroidered points at the neckline. Chip Morris, author of Textile Guide to the Highlands of Chiapas, argued that the points should be […]

Maya World

When Linda Ligon proposed recently that I work as the associate publisher for Thrums Books, I couldn’t believe my luck. How fabulous would it be to help make those brilliant books and introduce them to the world? What I’ve always loved about Thrums books is the view they offer into the lives of indigenous people, telling their stories, their history, […]

Mayans, Textiles, and Chip Morris

Chip Morris at work, writing in the jungle.

Chip Morris has lived in the Chiapas Highlands for most of the past forty years. The climate is cool to cold (except when it’s somewhat hot), the altitude a bit of a challenge at 8000 ft. This is his home. He has learned the Tzotzil language, he’s known in the villages as a friend and […]

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