Stop by the Historic Lobby on the second floor to view a collection of textiles from the Jolom Mayaetik Maya Weavers’ Cooperative.
In January of 1996, 250 craftswomen from the Highlands of Chiapas created a new life for themselves by founding the cooperative Jolom Mayaetik, Mayan Women Weavers in the Tzotzil language. The cooperative comprises women from 11 different communities, each with its own ancient weaving tradition. Together they are also creating new designs and products that incorporate their traditional symbols and techniques. The majority weave on the backstrap loom; some also embroider. They use only cotton and wool, with natural dyes to color the wool. They work as a collective for their mutual benefit and to encourage fair trade.
These amazing textiles will be on view during regular library hours through November 1.