El Hilo Continuo - La Conservacion de Las Tradiciones Textiles de Oaxaca . Klein

Getty Publications - (Yale)
Publication date:
31 Mar 2006
Getty Publications
176 pages: 287 x 275 x 18mm


This is the Spanish-language edition of The Unbroken Thread. Housed in the former sixteenth-century convent of Santo Domingo Church-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 that are now considered rare. The Unbroken Thread: Conserving the Textile Traditions of Oaxaca details a joint project of the Getty Conservation Institute and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) of Mexico to conserve the collection and to document 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 graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a BA degree in studio arts. She was first employed at the J. Paul Getty Museum as a preparator in 1986, and from 1988 to 1991 served as a conservation assistant in the museum's Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation department. At the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, she completed her MA and PhD in Latin American studies, with areas of specialization in art history and anthropology and their application to art conservation. She has lived and traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America since 1980, and has served as a conservation consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute while working with various ethnographic collections at museums and weaving cooperatives in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.