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Beautiful Textiles, San Cristobal, Chiapas with Carla Sonheim

  • San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico (map)

There are many ex-conventos throughout Mexico, some converted into hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants, schools and museums such as the Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. 


Upstairs inside the Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo, this excellent museum showcases over 500 examples of handwoven textiles from throughout Mexico and Central America, with most coming from local indigenous groups in Yucatan, Chiapas, and Guatemala. Two permanent exhibition rooms display huipiles (sleeveless tunics) – including a 1000-year-old relic fashioned from tree bark. Videos show how materials and clothes are created, 

The exhibit space is well done and the lighting superb. As you open each drawer, an overhead light pops on to illuminate the subject inside the drawer. I looked inside each one because I didn't want to miss anything. I was opening the drawers so quickly that the guard thought I was taking photos with my flash when in reality the lights were going on and off as I opened each door. Here are some of the amazing pieces. 


We made paper and journals with Carla.