Books for Sale and References: Mayan and Guatemalan Textiles and Culture

Mayan Textiles & Weaving Crafts from Guatemala, Southern Mexico and Central America : References

֍ Indicates a book that I have for sale on the website (click on hyperlink to get to) or often have a spare copy that I would be willing to  - if interested in once of these titles, contact me at   You may also want to check with your local library.

֍ Altman, Patricia B.,  and Caroline D. Wes, Threads of Identity: Maya Costume of the 1960's in Highland Guatemala, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Univ. of Cal, LA, 189 (M, CP) *

֍ Anderson, Marilyn. Guatemalan Textiles Today. Watson-Guptill Publications, New York. 1978, 200 pp  (W, PD)*A

֍Angel, Felix, A legacy of the Gods, Textiles and Woodcarvings From Guatemala, Exhibition Catalogue, October 15, 1998 to January 15, 1999, Museo Ixchel de Traje Indigena de Guatemala, Guatemala City, 1998, 36 pp. *

֍Ardren, Traci. Flowers for the Earth Lord: Guatemala Textiles from the Permanent Collection. Lowe Art Museum University of Miami, Coral Gables FL 2006  164 pp (E, M, CP, in Spanish and English) *

Artes de Mexico, Textiles de Chiapas ,  in Artes de Mexico, Numero 19, Pimavera 1993* dw

Artes de Mexico, Textiles de Oaxaca,  in Artes de Mexico, Numero 35, 1996* dw

Asociacioun Flor de Algodon, Tejidos en Tintes Naturales, San Juan La Laguna, Solola, Lao de Atitlan., (undated publication) 60 pp.

֍ Asturias de Barios, Linda, Comalapa: Native Dress and its Significance;  Ixchael Museum Publications, 1985. (M, ET, CP) *

֍ Asturias de Barrios, Linda,  Knoke de Arathoon, Barbara, Rosario Maralbes dePolanco, translated by Ava Navin; Santa Maria de Jesus: Costume and Cofradia, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Guatemala, Guatemala.  1991, 147 pp. (CP)*

֍ Linda Asturias de Barrios, Idalma Mejia d Rodas, y Rosario Miralbes de Polanco,  Cofradia, Mayan Ceremonial Clothing from Guatemala, Ixchael Museum Publications, Guatemala, Guatemala, 1993. 48 pp. *

֍Asturias de Barrios, Linda, Idalma Jejia de Rodas, Rosario Miralbes de Polanco, Sergio Francisco Romero, Rebeca Rubio, Cuyuscate: El algodon cafe en la tradicion textil de Guatemala. Serie Tejidos de Guatemala, Volumen 2, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Guatemala, Guatemala 1997, 99 pp. *

Asturias de Barrios, Linda, Dina Fernandez Garcia, Marty Davidsohn, Samuel Franco Arce, Legando de Identidad Maya / Legacy of Mayan Identity.  Friends of the Ixchel Museum, Museo Ixchel Del Traje Indigena, DVD, 2006 (50 min, 4 clips). Includes following films:

  • Mayan Clothing of Guatemala (13 min)  A clip may be available on Youtube *
  • Mayan Cofradia Fiesta (15 min)
  • Legacy of Lake Atitlan  (15 min)
  • Tour of the Ixchel Museum (5 min)

Atwater, Mary M. Guatemala Visited, February - March 1946, Reprinted April 1965 as Shuttle Craft Guild Monograph Fifteen. Distributed by Craft and Hobby Book Service Big Sur, CA 1965 (W, PD)* dw

Barrios, Lina E., Hierba Montanas y El Arbol de la Vida en San Pedro Scatepequez Guatemala: Estudio aproximativo de su indumentaria tradicional. Ediciones Del Museo Ixchel, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena de Guatemala.  1983, 75 pp. * dw

֍Berlow, Janet Catherine, Maya Textiles of Highland Guatemala, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1982 *

Bertrand, Regis and Danielle Magne. The Textiles of Guatemala. Studio Editions, London. 1991. 96 pp (CP, PD)*

Bjerregaard, Lena, Techniques of Guatemalan Weaving. Van Nostrand Reinhold. New York. 1977. (W, PD)*

Camposeco M, Jose Balvino, An che'ch, Sajchi o KI/ El Maguey y sus Usos en Guatemala. Yax Te Publications. 1994, 55 pp*

֍ Chandler, De֍borah  and Teresa Cordón, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories Their Lives, with 200+ photos by Joe Coca, Thrums Books.

Chandler, Deborah and Ray Senuk, Guatemalan Woven Wealth: Preserving a Rich Textile Tradition, Friendship Bridge 2009

֍ Conte, Christine with assistance of Jonathan Batkin and Cathy Wright, Maya Culture & Costume: A Catalogue of the Taylor Museum's E.B. Ricketson Collection of Guatemalan Textiles; Taylor Museum, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO 120 pp 1984  (E, BW, M)  *

Cordry, Donald Bush and Dorothy M. Cordry, "Costumes and Weaving of the Zoque Indians of Chiapas, Mexico" Southwest Museum Papers #15, Southwest Museum, LA, CA., 1941, 130 pp. *

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Guatemalan Textiles from the Collection of Patsy and Raymond D. Nasher: March 31 - June 14, 1987,  6 pp.*

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Coastal Color: Textiles from Guatemala's Pacific Goothills.  July 16-September 14, 1980, 16 pp*

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Maya Miniatures and OtherTextiles for the Saints. November 19 1985- January 19, 1986, 24 pp.*

֍ Dawson, Douglas, Vestido Con el Sol: Traditional Textiles from Mexico, Guatemala and Panama/Textiles Tradicionales De Mexico, Guatemala y Panama, June 8 -Sept 16, 1990, Mexico Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago Il 1990, 34 pp (E, EP)*

de Koose, Barbara Balchin, and Liliana Batres. Guatemalan Native Costumes. pamphlet, Series Conozcamos numbero 7, Guatemala Guatemala. 1990. 12 pp (CP)*

Deuss, Krystyna. Indian Costumes from Guatemala. Second Edition Chas. Goater & Son. Nottingham. 1981, 72 pp (CP, M, PD)*

Dieseldorff, Herbert Quirin.  X Balam Que, El Pajaro Sol: El Traje Regional de Coban. Ediciones del Museo Ixchel No 2, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena de Guatemala. 1984. *

Dieterich, Mary G., Jon T. Erickson and Erin Younger; Guatemalan Costumes: The Heard Museum Collection.  Heard Museum. 1979, 95 pp. (E, CP, M, W)* 

Endangered Threads Documentaries, Splendor in the Highlands: May Weavers of Guatemala. DVD. 2005, 27 min.*

Endangered Threads Documentaries, Saving the Weavers: Small Assistance Programs for Maya Women in Highland Guatemala. DVD. 2010,  43 min.*

Fisher, Nora, Malinda Elliott, Daniel Martinez, and James R. Pahl, Beyond Boundaries, Highland Maya Dress at the museum of International Folk Art, 1984. Museum of New Mexico, 1984, 40 pp.*

Foxx, Jeffrey Jay, and Margot Blum Schevill, The Maya Textile Tradition, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., NY, NY, 232 pp (CP, M) *

֍Galeria Guatemala, Trajes indigenas de Guatemala, Festival Colclorico de Coban, Alta Verapaz, Ano12, No 36, Published by Editorial Galeria Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala , 2009 *

֍Galeria Guatemala, Textiles Patrimonia Cultural de Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Ano13, No 37, Published by Editorial Galeria Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala . 2010 *

Garrett, Wilbur E (Editor) and Kenneth Garret (photos). La Ruta Maya, in National Geographic Vol. 175, No. 4 October 1989. (CP, M)*

֍ Gonzales, Ramelle, Threads Breaking the Silence: Stories of the Women of the CPR-Sierra From the Civil War in Guatemala / Hilos Rompiendo el Silencio: Historias Sobre Las Mujeres de La CPR-Sierra del la Guerra Civil en Guatemala, 2005, 163 pages 2005, 163 pages *

Goodman, Frances Schaill Goodman, The Embroidery of Mexico and Guatemala. 1976.Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, NY,  1976. 81 pp (CP, BW, PD, M)*

Gordon, Beverly with Mary Ann Fitzgerald. Identity in Cloth: Continuity and Survival in Guatemalan Textiles. Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. The Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Madison, WI. 1993, 38 pp  (E)*

Greenfield, Patricia Marks. Weaving Generations Together: Evolving Creativity in the Maya of Chiapas. A School of American Research Resident Scholar Book, Santa Fe, NM. 2004. 200 pp. *

Guerrero, Cheryl, Kathleen Mossman Vitale, Manuela & Experanza: The Art of Maya Weaving (DVD), Endangered Threads Documentaries. *

Hassler, Gitta, Maya-Textilien aus Guatemala: Kleider fur die Seele, Volkerkundemuseum der Universitat Zurich, 2006, 240 (in German, CP, M ) *

Hecht, Ann. Textiles from Guatemala, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA 88pp (CP, M) *

Holsbeke, Mireille and Julia Montoya, Tejidos Mayas - El rostro de palabras y los pensamientos tejidos - Chiapas y Guatemala, Etnografisch Museum, Cholsamaj, Guatemala, Guatemala. 1994,  pp. 158  *

Holsbeke, Mireille, Julia Montoya, Robert S Carlsen, Ruwa KemtzijKemon taz tzij na'oj = Low Tejidos Mayas, 2 Volumes,  Etnografisch Museum (Antwerp, Belgium); Centre Cultural de Caixa Girona Fontana d'Or.; et al  *

֍ Jenness, Aylette and Lisa W. Kroeber.  A life of Their Own: An Indian Family in Latin America, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, NY, NY,  1975. 134 pp. (M, C, B&W,  good overview of family life for Jr. and Sr. High age)*

Kallenborn, Carolyn, Woven Lives: Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions / Vidas Entretejidas: Textiles Contemporaneos de Las Tradiciones Antiguas Oaxaquenas, DVD, UW-Madison et al. funding & sponsorship , 2011, 76 min.

֍ Klein, Kathryn (ed.), The Unbroken Thread: Conserving the Textile Traditions of Oaxaca. The Getty Conservation Institute. Los Angeles. 1997 (CP, M)*

֍ Knoke de Arathoon,  Barbara , Nacie L. Gonzalez and John M. Willemsen Devlin (Editors English Edition) Linda Asturias de Barrios and Dina Fernandez Garcia (Editors Spanish Edition, 1992), Mayan Clothing and Weaving Through the Ages. Museo Ixhel, Guatemala, Guatemala. 1999, 172 pp  *

Knoke de Arathoon and Rosario Miralbes de Polanco, Guide to the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress, 2006. 48 pp *

Knoke de Arathoon, Barbara , translated by Jennifer H. de Keller: Un esbozo hisotico sobre tocados y chachales mayas de Guatemala:  A Historical Outline of the Maya Headresses and Chachales of Guatemala, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Guatemala, Guatemala. 2000, 42 pp. (PD, CP, bilingual)*

Knoke, Barbara, and Ray Senuk, Embroidery: Stitches that Unite Cultures,  Museo Ixchel, Guatemala, Guatemala. 2010. 120 pp. 

Lemos, Pedro J. (editor), Guatemala Art Crafts. The Davis Press Inc., Worcester, MA, 1941. 40 pp (B&W, M)*

Lemos, Pedro J. (editor), Guatemala Art Crafts. The Davis Press Inc., Worcester, MA, 1952 (revised and enlarged edition). 53 pp (B&W, M)*

֍Looper, Matthew and Thomas Tolles (drawings), Birds and Thorns: Textile Design of San Martin Sacatepequez. Editorial Antigua, S.A. Guatemala,  2004, 77 pp (CP, M)*

Mayen de Castellanos, Guisela, Tzute and Hierarchy in Sololo. Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Guatemala, Guatemala, 1988, 156 pp. *

Mejia de Roas,  Idalma  and Rosario Mairalbes de Polanco. Change in Colotenango: Costume, Migration and Hierarchy. 1989, Ediciones Del Museo Ixchel, 142 pp (CP, M)*

֍Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Vestido Con el Sol: Textiles Tradicionales de/Traditional Textiles from Mexico, Guatemala,  Panama  *

֍ Miller, Mary Richardson. The Women of Candelaria. Pomegranate Artbooks, San Francisco. 1996 128 pp (CP, M)*

֍ Miralbes de Polanco, Rosario, Eugenia Saenz de Tejada, Idalma Jejia de Rodas.  Zunil: Costume and Economy, Revised Edition. Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena de Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala., 1991, 165 pp.*

Miralbes de Polanco, Rosario, Guisela Mayen, Trajes de San Juan Sacatepequez y San Raymundo: Catalogo de piezas seleccionadas de la coleccion del Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena. Serie: Tejidos de Guatemala Vol 1, 1991, Ediciones del Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Guatemala, Guatemala, 1991, 112 pp. *

Mirabes de Polanco, Rosario, Magia y Misteriodel Jaspe, Nudos Que Encierran Figuras, 2003. 19 pp.

Morales Hidalgo, Italo. U Cayibal Atziak: Images in Guatemalan Weavings. Four Ahau Press, Guatemala. Second Edition, 1990 (P)*

Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Flora & Fauna: 2003 Calendar, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena Guatemala, Guatemala.

Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Tocados, iconos de tradicion: Headdress, icons of tradition: 2008 Calendar, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena Guatemala, Guatemala.

֍Neutze de Rugg, Carmen. Disenos en Los Tejidos Indigenas de Guatemala. Piedro Santa, Guatemala, Guatemala. 1986. 108 pp.*

֍Odland, J. Claire. Fashioning Tradition: Maya Hupiles in the Field Museum Collections, Publication 1538, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, April 17, 2006. 68 pp.*

O'Neale, Lila M.  Textiles of Highland Guatemala. Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C., 1945. 319 pp & illustrations.*

֍ Osborn, Lilly de Jongh. Indian Crafts of Guatemala and El Salvador. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman OK, 1965. 278 pp.*

Otzoy, Irma, Maya' b'anikil Maya' tzyaqb'al/ Identidad y Vestuario Maya, Cholsamaj, Guatemala, Guatemala, 1996. 42 pp.

֍ Pettersen, Carmen L. Maya. of/de Guatemala: Life and Dress/Vida y Traje. Second Edition. Ixchel Museum, Guatemala. 1976  (beautiful watercolor drawings, M)* 

Randall, Jeanne L. and Edwin M. Shook, Bibliography of Mayan Textiles/ Bibliographia sobre Tejidos Mayas,

Rowe, Ann Pollard. A Century of Change in Guatemalan Textiles. The Center for Inter-American Relations. 1981  (E, CP, M)* (also separate workbook of same name for children designed by Amy German and Joan Crummer-Rolland, 1981, 16 pp)

Sayer, Chloe Sayer. Mexican Patterns: A Design Source Book. Portland House, New York. 1990  (CP, P)*

֍Sayer, Chloe Sayer. Arts and Crafts of Mexico, Chronicle Books, SF. CA. 1990, 160 pp  *

֍Sayer, Chloe Sayer. , Textiles from Mexico. University of Washington Press, Seatle. 2002, 88 pp  *

Schevill, Margo Blum, Evolution in textile design from the highlands of Guatemala., The Occasional Papers: Number 1, Lowie Museum of Anthropology, University of CA, Berkeley 1985. 79 pp.*

Schevill, Margot,  Costume as Communication. Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, Bristol. RI, 1986, 138 pp. *

Schevill, Margo Blum and Janet Catherine Berlo and Edward B. Dwyer. Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica and the Andes: An Anthology. Garland Publishing., INC. NY, NY. 1991. 503 pp (M, ET)*

Schevill, Margo Blum. Maya Textiles of Guatemala: The Gustavus A. Eisen Collection, 1902, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, The University of California at Berkeley. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas. 1993, 295 pp (M)* 

Schevill, Margot Blum, and Kathleen Mossman Vitale, A Century of Color: Maya Weaving & Textiles (DVD), Endangered Threads Documentaries, 2007.

Shaughnessy, Roxana,  Maya Testiles from Guatemala: Ancestry and Artistry/Heritage Ancestral et Artisanat Les Textiles Maya du Guatemala. Textiles Museum of Canada, May 29-October 13, 2013.  Textile Museum of Canada, 2013, 120 pp.*

Skoglun, Margaret. Maya Textiles from the Raymon E. Senuk Collection and Exhibition at the Angel Mounds State Historic Site. University of Southern Indiana. 1996.  approx 25 pp (E, CP)*

Sperlich, Norber and Elizabeth Katz Sperlich. Guatemalan Backstrap Weaving.  University of Oklahoma Press. 1980. 176 pp (W, P, CP)*

֍ Start, Laura E., The McDougall Collection of Indian Textiles from Guatemala and Mexico, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, 3rd printing 1980, (original printing 1948),  114 pp & photos.*

Stout, Carol, Weavers of the Jade Needle: Textiles of Highland Guatemala , Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Unversity of New Mexico, Aluquerque, NM. 1976    *

֍ Taber, Barbara and Marilyn Anderson., Backstrap Weaving: Step-by-step techniques on one of the oldest and most versatile looms. Watson-Gupill Publications, New York. 1975. 160 pp. (W. P.)*

Tokyo Kasei University. Resplandor de colores: Trajes indigenas Mayas de Guatemala. Tokyo Kasei University Japan, 1998. 168 pp (CP, in Japanese) *

Tohveri, Pia, Weaving with the Maya: Innovation and Tradition in Guatemala, 2012, 196 pp. *

Vecchiato, Gianni. Guatemala Rainbow. Pomegranate Artbooks, San Francisco, CA. (CP)*

֍ Ventura, Carol Ann. Mayan Hair Sahes Backstrap Woven in Jacaltenango, Guatemala. , Cookeville, TN.  2002 (PD, W, CP) Bilingual paperback version and neat web site available at: **

Webkunst Maya aus Guatemala (German Edition), Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum, Hildesheim, und Verlag Philpp von Zabern, Germanay, 1992. 89 pp. (in German)

Weitlaner-Johnson, Irmgard. Mexican Indian Folk Designs: 252 Motifs from Textiles. Dover Publications. New York, 1993. (P)*

Wood, Josesphine and LIlly de Jongh Osborne, Indian Costumes of Guatemala, .Akademische Druck, Austria. 1966, 155 pp.*

*Zeik de Rodriguez, Judy and Zeik, Nona M. Weaving on a Backstrap Loom.  Hawthorn Books, New York. 1978, 189 (W, PD)*


Weavers, their culture, and the socioeconomic impact of Weaving:

Annis, Sheldon. God and Production in a Guatemalan Town. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. 1987, 197 pp (M, ET-San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala)*

Ehlers, Tracy Bachrach. Silent Looms:  Women and Production in a Guatemalan Town. Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado. 1990 177 pp. (M. ET-San Pedro Sacatepequez, Guatemala)*

Garcia Vettorazzi, Maria Victoria, Los Tejedores de Otro Desarrollo:  Procesos de Organizacion Comunal en Totonicapan, Guatemala, Serjus, Guatemala, 1999.

Grimes, Kimberly M. and B. Lynne Milgram, Artisans and Cooperatives: Developing Alternative Trade for the Global Economy, University of Arizona Press, 2000, 208 pp.

Hendrickson, Carol. Weaving Identities: Construction of Dress and Self in a Highland Guatemala Town. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX  1995. 245 pp (M, ET- Tecpan, Guatemala)*

Nash, June (editor). Crafts in the World Market, University of  New York Press, Albany, NY. 1993. 264 pp (M, ET-San Antonio Polopo, Santiago Atitlan, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, and refuge camps Guatemala) *

Nash, Manning. Machine Age Maya:  The Industrialization of a Guatemalan Community. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 1965 2nd edition. 155 pp (M, ET- Cantel, Guatemala)*

Schevill, Janet Caterine Berlo, and Edward B. Dwyer (editors), Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica and the Andes: An Anthology. University of Texas Press, 1991, 503 pp.