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    Threads of Time & Wisdom: Chilean Textiles & Horse Hair Miniatures


    1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332

    Friday April 1st 2022 to Monday November 14th 2022

    • Sundays

      11am to 4pm

    • Thursdays

      11am to 4pm

    • Fridays

      11am to 4pm

    • Saturdays

      11am to 4pm

    In the WheatonArts Down Jersey Folklife Center, this exhibition provides a visual comparison between traditional textiles of two indigenous communities of Latin America—the Chilean Mapuche people and the Guatemalan Maya. Both Mapuche and Maya artists create artworks about identity and cultural heritage in a modern interconnected world, weaving ancestral knowledge and wisdom into present-day ways of life. The story of the spider who taught the first woman how to weave in the mythological past is present in both cultures.


    Many designs and motifs are interpreted in similar ways. However, the creative process reflects differences in techniques and materials employed in the two different geographic regions. Revealed in the exhibition are the complex characters of Mapuche and Mayan garments with weaving patterns interpreted in the context of a broad spectrum of regional, social, ritual, and aesthetic meanings and viewed from the perspective of our shared humanity.

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    $7 - $12
    Taral Thompson

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