About Friends of the Ixchel Museum

Friends of the Ixchel Museum (FOIM) is a U.S. charitable foundation established in 1984 that promotes interest in the Mayan textile tradition of Guatemala and the work of the Museo Ixchel. In this way, it contributes to the understanding, preservation and protection of this important cultural legacy.

womanFOIM is made up of Guatemalan and North American volunteers who share an interest in Guatemala and their commitment to increase appreciation of Mayan textile art.

Every year, the Friends sponsor publications and projects both in the U.S. and in Guatemala. Among them are educational programs, ethnographic research and photographic documentation in several communities, as well as the classification and cataloging of the museum’s collections of textiles and photographs. It has also made possible the English translation and publication of several of the museum’s works, the production of videotapes in Spanish and English, and a Spanish language activity book for children.

Its work to publicize and promote Guatemalan textiles includes putting on exhibits in the United States and publishing a biannual newsletter describing both FOIM activities and those of the museum.

The Museum itself is located in Guatemala City. A short and engaging overview can be found in a recent article in Revue Magazine (May 2017 issue). For more information, see the 'Museum Highlights' section of this website.



Friends of the Ixchel Museum Bulletin

Current Bulletin - June 2019


A Spectrum of Exhibits


An important part of our mission is educating the general public on the beauty and intricacy of Guatemalan weaving. It is one that we share with the Museo Ixchel.

We are in an especially interesting phase now, with 3 very different exhibits on display or in development in Guatemala and the US. You have already heard about our upcoming show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, opening July 21st in California. But there are two others to admire

  • The Museo Ixchel has just opened a significant “refresh” of its sensational Cofradía: Color and Texture exhibit.
  • At the other end of the spectrum is a small gem of an exhibit aimed at US school children. It is the first of what we hope will be a broader program being developed by FOIM board directors Chase and Shannon Davis. The exhibit was held at The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, opening March 1 for two weeks.


(to read the full article, download the June 2019 bulletin)


In This Issue

  1. A Spectrum of Exhibits
  2. In the Museum
  3. Cofradía: Trama y Urdimbre/Warp and Weft
  4. Mayan Traje: A Tradition in Transition


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