Thursday, November 06, 2014

Reminder: Maya Textile Sale and Exhibition is This Weekend!

Maya Textile Sale / Exhibition, with a Silent Auction 
(items from local businesses)

Exceptional and daily use textiles from 
Indigena Imports of Austin

St. Michael and All Angels
602 N. Wilmot (at 5th St.), Parish Center

Friday, Nov. 7, 5 to 8 p.m.: Opening reception and sale. Hor d’oeuvre gala. Charles King, solo guitar. $10 suggested donation (to help cover costs) will be applied in full to your first purchase from Indigena Imports). Guatemalans, volunteers, and special guests gratis, of course.

Saturday, Nov 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Sale, Exhibit and Silent Auction continues. Morning coffee.  Fry bread and Indian tacos on sale after 11:30 AM (Maria Garcia, indigenous form Michoacan and owner of La Indita Restaurant, will step across traditions to feed us well).  No requested donation.

Sunday, Nov 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Same as Saturday, including food.

Who benefits? St. Michael’s Guatemala Project, The Castaneda Museum of Ethnic Costume, Maya women who continue the weaving tradition, and you.  This is a unique opportunity to celebrate and explore.  Please come, whether you intend to make a purchase or not.

What else to look for? Castaneda Museum’s exhibit of some of their 4000 textiles and other artifacts from around the world; Guatemala Project’s recent acquisitions from rural communities on sale (many quite inexpensive).

Maya women leaders in Guatemala frequently say they will build a just society the way they weave, one thread at a time. We’ll add that they do so with consummate artistry, skill, patience, and resilience. As CPR-Sierra leader Berta reminded us in Guatemala last summer, even in the darkest years of the war, culture and tradition sustained them, as did moments of cheer and laughter. We have much to learn from these sisters (and brothers) who have persisted in the face of great adversity.
-- Ila, Coordinator, Guatemala Project