Adult Programs

Veronika Gervers Memorial Lecture

Mexican Clothing and Culture on the Isthmus of Oaxaca: 'La Tehuana'

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The Royal Ontario Museum is pleased to present an illustrated lecture by the 2014 Veronika Gervers Research Fellow, Mexican cultural specialist, Chloë Sayer. She will examine Mexican Clothing and Culture on the Isthmus of Oaxaca: 'La Tehuana', and the history of Mexican costume and textiles in the ROM’s collection.

The Isthmus of Oaxaca is an almost mythical place, immortalised by filmmakers, painters and photographers. The flamboyant gala clothing of local Zapotec women has been a political and cultural symbol for much of the twentieth century. During the late 1920s, 30s and 40s — when revolutionary idealism and national fervour were at their height — Tehuana dress was adopted by Frida Kahlo and other urban intellectuals. Today Zapotec women in the towns of Tehuantepec and Juchitán still wear their finest clothing with pride during religious festivals: sumptuous outfits, costing thousands of pesos, are commissioned from male and female embroiderers who pattern cloth with a wealth of floral and geometric motifs. 

Speaker:  Chloë Sayer is a freelance specialist in Mexican art and culture. She has made ethnographic collections in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum, and has curated a number of exhibitions. She has also worked on television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. Her many books include Mexican Textiles, Textiles from Mexico, Mexican Patterns: A Design Sourcebook and Fiesta: Days of the Dead and Other Mexican Festivals.



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