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 2018



Mark your calendars!

FOIM will be at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles: July 21 - October 13, 2019


One of the most important activities undertaken by both the Ixchel Museum and the Friends is to support exhibits large and small.


In Guatemala, the Museum usually mounts one stunning main exhibit every few years (see prior newsletters re the current Cofradías), plus several additional in the smaller galleries or off-site locations. As Friends, we show our textiles in many different types of venues, ranging across weaving events, schools, academic symposia, cultural fairs, art galleries, and even by lending pieces for important textile museum shows.


The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (SJMQT) is located in downtown San Jose and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It will be the venue for our most significant show since the Shiprock Gallery in Santa Fe (2008). Not only will we take up their two main galleries, but as the exhibit has been set to span Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 13), we will have a second "opening" and orchestrate special local events. The SJMQT is enthused at the prospect of bilingual labels (a first for them!) and the opportunity for community involvement. The core exhibit team is comprised of Ray Senuk (curator), new board member Abby Sue Fisher, Yolanda Alcorta, and Ana-Maria Zaugg, but we will need support from many more, including an extended circle of Friends. (to read the full article, download the June 2018 bulletin)


In This Issue

  1. Showcasing Textiles via Exhibits
  2. Ixchel Museum News
  3. Ofrenda Society
  4. New FOIM Board Members


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