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 2017



We are delighted to report on the progress of two FOIM initiatives which focus on the preservation of weaving skills. One is an ambitious project by the Museo Ixchel which is based on teaching elementary school children how to weave on the backstrap loom...with the long-range goal of inclusion in the national curriculum. The other is the progress of “Weaving for the Future”, a weaving cooperative managed by Yolanda Alcorta. (to read full article, download June 2017 bulletin)


In This Issue

  1. Empowering the Next Generation of Maya Weavers...in Compala, in Washington DC
  2. Ixchel Museum News


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