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dc.contributor.authorDenham, Amanda Joyce
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-26T14:17:01Z
dc.date.available2018-04-26T14:17:01Z
dc.date.issued2017-08-30
dc.identifier.otherDenham_cornell_0058O_10190
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/cornell:10190
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 10361545
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/56868
dc.description.abstractThe primary objective of this thesis is to illustrate the complex socioeconomic networks of Maya women through the historical and material analysis of typical garments worn today in the South Highlands of Guatemala. Maya textiles and garments have a long history and decades of shifting political economies have produced material and symbolic changes in the dress of Maya people. Through the lens of fashion theory, this thesis discusses the pre-colonial and colonized Maya, Maya mythology, textile production histories, weaving on the back strap loom, economic change, and state violence. As the tourist economy grew during the twentieth century, the value of Maya huipiles (blouses) increased. Today, handwoven huipiles are a signifier of wealth. Much of the Maya population in Guatemala lives in poverty and are unable to afford such garments. Mass-produced, machine-made huipil replicas are emerging in marketplaces throughout the region. Is there a huipil that is more Maya?
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectBack strap loom
dc.subjectGuatemala
dc.subjectMaya
dc.subjectWeaving
dc.subjectTextile research
dc.subjectCultural anthropology
dc.subjectLatin American studies
dc.titleThe Predicament of Maya Textiles in the South Highlands of Guatemala: What is Authenticity and Where can I Buy it?
dc.typedissertation or thesis
thesis.degree.disciplineFiber Science and Apparel Design
thesis.degree.grantorCornell University
thesis.degree.levelMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.nameM.A., Fiber Science and Apparel Design
dc.contributor.chairGreen, Denise N.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHenderson, John S.
dcterms.licensehttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59810
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7298/X4V9867S


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