Housed in the former 16th-century convent of Santo Domingo church, now the Regional Museum of Oaxaca, Mexico, is an important collection of textiles representing the area's indigenous cultures. The collection includes a wealth of exquisitely made traditional weavings, many that are now considered rare. The Unbroken Thread: Conserving the Textile Traditions of Oaxaca details a joint project of the Getty Conservation Institute and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) of Mexico to conserve the collection and to document current use of textile traditions in daily life and ceremony.
The book contains 145 color photographs of the valuable textiles in the collection, as well as images of local weavers and project participants at work. Subjects include anthropological research, ancient and present-day weaving techniques, analyses of natural dyestuffs, and discussions of the ethical and practical considerations involved in working in Latin America to conserve the materials and practices of living cultures.
Kathryn Klein is a specialist in Latin American art history and the conservation of anthropological materials and living cultural traditions.
"Brim(s) with arresting color images of people, places, and exquisite fiber arts." —FIBERARTS
"Sumptuous ... a most worthwhile addition to any and all textile group's libraries." —Textile Fibre Forum
176 pages 10 1/2 x 11 inches 145 color and 13 b/w illustrations ISBN 978-0-89236-382-7 hardcover 1997
Getty Publications Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute
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