Maya Traditional Textile Exhibit and Sale -- Joan Jacobson Collection

Maya Traditional Textile Exhibit and Sale -- Joan Jacobson Collection in Tucson on Saturday, November 13, 2021
Maya Traditional Textile Exhibit and Sale -- Joan Jacobson Collection in Tucson on Saturday, November 13, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 1000 - 1500
St. Michael's Guatemala Project, in conjunction with Castañeda Museum of Ethnic Costume, Tucson, and the Estate of Tucson weaver and collector Joan Jacobson, celebrates over 60 years of unique Maya weaving traditions and artistry, featuring more than 200 items available for purchase from Jacobson's Guatemala collection.

Expect rare ceremonials, exceptional one-of-a-kind handwoven textiles, and Maya daily wear from many village traditions, as well as "bargain bins" with items priced between $2 and $40. There is something for serious collectors and also for people who simply want unique gifts or to learn more about Maya cultures and near neighbors.

All interested are encouraged to visit, appreciate, and celebrate, even if they do not plan to purchase.

A weaver herself, Jacobson of Tucson made multiple trips to Guatemala from the 1970's to the early 2000's, developed lasting relationships, and
and also worked with trusted dealers in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the time of her death in 2020, her collection numbered over 600 items, including vintage and rare examples, and all reflecting vital cultural traditions and sophisticated artistry.

Gayle Castañeda, founder of the Castañeda Mueseum of Ethnic Costume, will conduct an informal docent presentation and discussion of iconography and history of a few selected items between 2 and 3 p.m. at the sale.

This will arguably be the most extensive collection of Maya traditional textiles ever on public display and sale in Tucson.

All pandemic safety protocols cheerfully met or exceeded.


List of distinguished guests, related activities, participation by Tucson’s Guatemalan community, now in planning and will be announced two weeks prior to the event.


"We believe that Maya traditional textiles are the most vibrant and sophisticated folk art tradition still existing among the indigenous peoples of the Americas."
– David and Sally Hamilton,, Austin.

"A visual feast." – Kathleen McLaughlin, Tucson.

"I knew Joan Jacobson personally and admired her passion for music and art, her dedication to the Tucson Museum of Art, and her ardent interest in local government and the well-being of Tucson. Joan was of great assistance when her technical expertise was needed to help me understand complicated weaving techniques used in many of the Museum's Mexican and Guatemalan garments."
– Gayle Castañeda, Castañeda Museum of Ethnic Costume, Tucson

"Breadth and beauty of the collection are staggering. Jacobson was an eclectic collector whose interests and knowledge extended far beyond areas with which Guatemala Project has associations, and working to identify and place into cultural context 200-plus textiles from throughout the altiplano (mountainous highlands) has been an education, a rare opportunity, and a humbling experience. Please help us celebrate this ongoing adventure. We will also have Guatemala Project information available for those interested." -- Ila Abernathy, Coordinator, St. Michael's Guatemala Project

Category: Community | Crafts
Starting Price Per Person
Other Information
St Michael and All Angels Church
602 North Wilmot Road
Tucson Arizona 85711
United States
( Religious - Church - Temple )

Event Organizer Contact
Ila Abernathy, Coordinator
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Event ID: 187888

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