By Kathryn Klein, Editor

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Housed in the former 16th-century convent of Santo Domingo—now the Regional Museum of Oaxaca, Mexico—is an important collection of textiles representing the area's indigenous cultures. The collection includes a wealth of exquisitely made traditional weavings, many now considered rare. The Unbroken Thread: Conserving the Textile Traditions of Oaxaca details a joint project of the GCI and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) of Mexico to conserve the collection and to document the current use of textile traditions in daily life and ceremony.

The book contains 145 color photographs of the valuable textiles in the collection, as well as images of local weavers and project participants at work. Subjects include anthropological research, ancient and present-day weaving techniques, analyses of natural dyestuffs, and discussions of the ethical and practical considerations involved in working in Latin America to conserve the materials and practices of living cultures. Kathryn Klein is a specialist in Latin American art history and anthropological conservation.

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