All collectors want their textiles to have a tale. Guatemalan textiles are mostly anonymous. They are bought in local markets or shops and any tale you are told should be taken with grain of salt. Forty plus years of collecting has taught me this.
This set of men’s clothing from Todos Santos is an extraordinary find. This shirt and pants were made for everyday use. Given that they were made sometime in the 1920s, they are in remarkably fine condition. A few years ago I received a call from a friend in Santa Fe who asked if I would be interested in a men’s shirt and pants from Todos Santos. I asked “do they have age?” She said yes, and sent a very bad photo. However, it was good enough for me to know that these were pieces I wanted. I made an offer and it was accepted.
In this issue:
- A Todos Santos Tale
- In the Museum
- You Suggested…
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