The threads of a complex Maya identity are seen in highland Guatemalan costume from the 1960s. Pat Altman, untangling origins, traces pre-, post-Conquest influences on costumes,
contrasting the continuity of women's dress with the steady changes in men's. Certain elements of male traje point to an 18th-century diffusion from the northern provinces of Spain. Caroline West surveys the design features of women's clothing as represented in the Museum collection. Dressed mannequins are used to illustrate the visual impact of clothing ensembles and grouped to show costume in the contexts of language, geography, and society, evoking costume relationships that transcend village boundaries. 8.5" x 11'', 192 pages, 220 black-and-white illustrations, 66 color plates, full color cover, 6 maps. Bibliography. Softcover, brand new , PUBLISHED AT Forty Five Dollars.
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