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Review of Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
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Owner description: Textiles and clothing of the Mayan people, Guatemala's indigenous community, are displayed at this outstanding museum, which also contains paintings, interactive weaving exhibits, a bookstore and gift shop.
New Britain, Pennsylvania
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“Magical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

The weavings are fantastic, I was in awe. Really helped in my quest to learn all I can about the history of Guatemala. I have fallen totally in love with Guatemala and its people. Do visit this lovely museum if you have the chance.

Visited March 2012
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Tucson
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“Go if you have any interest in beautiful hand work.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

This smallish museum is lovely. It is dedicated to showcasing the stunning weaving done by the highland women of Guatemala. It is reasonably well laid out and has some exceptional examples of work from around the country. The huipiles and sashes are well marked ( and also in English) and there are a few historical and illustrative dioramas showing how the weaving is done.
Amazing work. And it helps prepare you for visiting the weaving cooperatives.
The gift shop has some very lovely and quality weavings for purchase. Although the price, of course, will be higher than in the villages, you can be assured of the quality.They have other lovely things, including postcards and note paper.You should definitely spend some time browsing in the shop.

Visited January 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Wonderful museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Go there and learn about the typical clothing of the Maya, which also encompasses the history, the lifestyle, the modern adaptations and the storytelling. Beautiful.

Visited January 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Terrific Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

It was hard work convincing teenagers to visit a textile museum on our first day in Guatemala and en route to Tikal, but it was worth the effort. Even my sons enjoyed their time there and felt they learned something. If you love textiles you might take three hours to go through the museo, a specialist could spend the day there. We were through in two hours and I expect most people would be finished in an hour and half. The fact that the Museo Popol Vuh is in the same place makes the trip doubly worthwhile. The Museo Ixchel has been wonderfully curated, with a wide variety of materials to examine, described in Spanish and English.
The friendly people at the desk let us leave our packs with them. There are no lockers or coat check available. Food is not available, but the university cafeteria is nearby (walk out the gate past the museum parking attendants turning right into the main campus; standing at the entry to the university the cafeteria is at about 11 o'clock - so bear a bit left through the campus parking lot toward buildings that look like residences - Ask someone if you can't find it.) There is a cash machine in the cafeteria.

Visited January 2013
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California
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“Outstanding exhibits of Mayan textiles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Excellent museum in a University presenting the history and evolution of Mayan textiles in Guatemala

Visited January 2013
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