Weaving Stories, Weaving Lives: Maya Textiles from Guatemala and New Bedford (ongoing)

February 17, 2013 to April 6, 2013
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Maya weaving tells stories. It is rooted in tradition, and alive today. The exhibit features historic garments from Guatemala, and garments being made today in New Bedford by Maya weavers using their traditional back-strap loom. Join in this celebration of a new chapter in New Bedford’s long tradition of textile manufacturing. Now through April admission to the Whaling Museum is free to those who live in New Bedford, made possible by a grant from BayCoast Bank.

Maya textiles from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology (Brown University) and the weaving collective Oxib’B’atz (New Bedford) celebrate the artistry of Maya weaving, a storytelling practice rooted in tradition that remains an essential form of expression to this day. Anthropologist Margot Blum Schevill recently donated her extensive textile collection, gathered during the 1970s, to the Haffenreffer Museum. Locally, Oxib’B’atz continues weaving using the traditional back-strap loom.

Co-curated by Anna Ghublikian and María D. Quintero, the exhibit looks at historic and contemporary garments, which reflect a new understanding about the role of textile manufacturing in the history of New Bedford and those who have made it their home.

Weaving Stories, Weaving Lives: Maya Textiles from Guatemala and New Bedford” will be on exhibit from February 18 through April 7 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in partnership with the Brown Center for Public Humanities and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University

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The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. For a complete calendar of events, visit the Whaling Museum online at www.whalingmuseum.org.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays 9am-4pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.