Elizabeth Cuéllar’s Mexico: Textile Variations, 1955-1985

Elizabeth Cuéllar’s Mexico

September 6-December 7, 2012

Curated by 2012 AMD graduate Caitlyn Kamm, M.S. with support from Elizabeth Snoddy Cuéllar, Dr. Cheryl Farr, and 2012 AMD graduate Carleigh Rose, B.S.

Traditional textiles and clothing from Mexico changed during the mid to late twentieth century. Due to the Pan-American highway enhancing tourism and trade, the availability of synthetic and commercially produced yarns and textiles, and the influence of emigration and immigration on the people of southern Mexico, textile colors and materials also changed. Elizabeth Cuéllar’s Mexico: Textile Variations, 1955-1985 highlights some of these changes.

maryalice-mexico-6There are over sixty-two separate indigenous groups in Mexico today, comprising approximately ten percent of the population. These groups are divided according to the sixty-two national languages spoken throughout Mexico. The state of Oaxaca is Mexico’s most diverse state with forty percent of the population speaking indigenous languages.

This exhibit focuses primarily on nine ethnic groups in central and southern Mexico, including Oaxaca.

The Cuéllar Collection was donated to the Textiles and Clothing Museum in 2011 by Elizabeth Snoddy Cuéllar, an Iowa State alumna. The collection includes over 300 objects and features textiles, men’s and women’s garments from many of these indigenous populations.