The Maya and Inca Today - Processions, People and Textiles
Photography and Textile Exhibit
Teaneck, NJ (June 15, 2005—An exhibit of photographs and textiles celebrating the continuity of the Inca and Maya cultures from ancient times to the present will be on display on the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University from July 6–August 2, 2005.
Photographs by Richard P. Wedeen, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at UMDNJ, along with the displayed textiles, illustrate the extraordinary artistic achievements of the living descendants of the Maya and Inca civilizations. The photographs document the lives and rituals of the present in which handcrafted textiles play a vital part. They illustrate the richness of the culture that has been preserved despite abject poverty and centuries of marginalization.
Ponchos, blouses, mantles, shirts and ceremonial textiles are still created by ancient weaving and embroidery techniques. These textiles identify village origins and social status. They are used in ceremonies that mark all significant life events. The secrets for creating the unique designs are unrecorded by drawing or written language; they are retained in memory and have been handed down for over a thousand years from one generation to the next, primarily from mother to daughter.
The month-long exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be seen on the second floor of FDU’s Weiner Library, River Road, Teaneck, NJ during library’s summer hours, Mon.–Thurs. 8 a.m.– 10.p.m; Sat.10 a.m.–2 p.m.
For further information call 201-692-2140.