There will be a community celebration for the Ancient Looms, Modern Threads: Contemporary Handwoven Garments from Oaxaca, Mexico exhibit on Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the School of Human Ecology, on the lawn of Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Dr.

This exhibition of handwoven garments from the Mexican state of Oaxaca explains the evolution of a traditional woman’s garment called a huipil (pronounced wee-PEAL). Masters of Science Candidate Carolyn Jenkinson traces the history of this ancient garment from its traditional function and aesthetic to its contemporary form. The exhibit demonstrates how indigenous women today continue to weave huipiles on the backstrap loom and are reframing clothing as objects of creative expression and economic necessity.

Learn how these beautiful garments are constructed and how they have changed over time to include new materials, new designs, and new audiences.