Cultural Threads at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca

During our visit to Oaxaca, we explored the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, a modest yet captivating museum offering free admission. This museum is a treasure trove of regional textiles, showcasing the vibrant and diverse fabric of Oaxacan culture.

A standout exhibit was “Huipiles Contemporáneos para Malintzin,” offering a profound dialogue on Mesoamerican textiles. It challenged the historical narrative surrounding Malintzin, a native woman often misrepresented in official history. Through these contemporary huipiles, the exhibit sought to rectify this, portraying Malintzin with respect and complexity, contrary to her typical depiction as a traitor.

The creation of these contemporary huipiles involved months of collaborative work, diving deep into Malintzin’s life, challenges, and her significant role in Mesoamerican history.

Each huipil in the exhibit, representing cultures like Amuzgo, Ikoots, Mazateco, Mixe, Triqui, Tsotsil, and Zapotec, reimagines what a woman of Malintzin’s stature might wear in the 21st century.

Museo Textil de Oaxaca is located at Miguel Hidalgo 917, Centro Histórico, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax.

If you’re interested in how textiles are made in Oaxaca today, we visited a looming factory to find out.