Cataloging the Craft, Crafting the Catalog

One aspect of cataloging these textiles that appeals to our more meticulous inclinations is sewing on the labels. This is one of Anna’s favorite activities. Here she is in action. 

Margot Schevill coming to Brown!

On April 4, Margot Schevill will be giving a lecture titled “Collecting Identity: Adventures of a Museum Anthropologist in Guatemala” at 5:30 in the List Arts Building, Room 120, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence.

We can’t wait to meet her and hear about her work and how she developed the collection we’re now cataloging. 

For more information see the Brown events calendar here

Maria is still learning how to use the panorama function on her camera. 

This huipil features supplementary weft brodaded large creature (any guesses as to what they might be?) motifs. It is made of two lienzos (pieces) that are joined in the center by a decorative “randa.” 

Maria is still learning how to use the panorama function on her camera. 

This huipil features supplementary weft brodaded large creature (any guesses as to what they might be?) motifs. It is made of two lienzos (pieces) that are joined in the center by a decorative “randa.” 

We’re looking at a backstrap woven piece with supplementary weft brocading (those geometric designs that cover most of the garment) — check out the reverse side! The loose threads are a result of single-faced supplementary weft brocading. We find them to be equally brilliant to look at. They are also fun to touch!

We’re looking at a backstrap woven piece with supplementary weft brocading (those geometric designs that cover most of the garment) — check out the reverse side! The loose threads are a result of single-faced supplementary weft brocading. We find them to be equally brilliant to look at. They are also fun to touch!

Tools of the trade! 

Tools of the trade!