December 9, 2010

Fun with Ponchos!

This is a really fascinating story of what can come from the mixing of cultures. The Zinacantec Mayans in the highlands of Chiapas Mexico traditionally created ponchos of a plain and austere style seen here, in 1962.

After coming in contact with Western influence, which was decidedly more decorative, they developed the following type of poncho by 1991:

It's pretty interesting to consider how the different foci of our various cultures can help us see the importance in things we previously considered completely unimportant.

For more information: Weaving Generations Together by Patricia Marks Greenfield