About Friends of the Ixchel Museum

Friends of the Ixchel Museum (FOIM) is a U.S. charitable foundation established in 1984 that promotes interest in the Mayan textile tradition of Guatemala and the work of the Museo Ixchel. In this way, it contributes to the understanding, preservation and protection of this important cultural legacy.

womanFOIM is made up of Guatemalan and North American volunteers who share an interest in Guatemala and their commitment to increase appreciation of Mayan textile art.

Every year, the Friends sponsor publications and projects both in the U.S. and in Guatemala. Among them are educational programs, ethnographic research and photographic documentation in several communities, as well as the classification and cataloging of the museum’s collections of textiles and photographs. It has also made possible the English translation and publication of several of the museum’s works, the production of videotapes in Spanish and English, and a Spanish language activity book for children.

Its work to publicize and promote Guatemalan textiles includes putting on exhibits in the United States and publishing a biannual newsletter describing both FOIM activities and those of the museum.



Friends of the Ixchel Museum Bulletin

Current Bulletin - November 2015

January - Santiago Sacatepéquez 2015; Photo by Armando Mazariegos, Sub-Director, Museo Ixchel Fototeca

The Museo Ixchel 2016 Calendar - Syncretism and Beliefs

The photographs in the 2016 Museo Ixchel calendar are over-the-top gorgeous! Titled Syncretism and Beliefs, this is a work of art in twelve months. A sequence of beauty based on the theme of uniting different religions, cultures and beliefs, the images are moving and beautiful with an added punch of photographer Armando Mazariegos' technique of spot color against a background of black and white. The effect is eye-popping and at the same time illustrates the then and the now, the past and the present. It is a fabulous photographic collection as well as testament to tradition and continuity.


In This Issue

  1. Ixchel Museum News
  2. Enabling the Mayan Textile Tradition - in Washington?
  3. New Curator - Violeta Gutiérrez


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