Carmen L. Pettersen´s book Maya of Guatemala, Life and Dress, illustrated with the 61 watercolors of the Foundation´s art collection, was published in 1977.


Maya of Guatemala is considered to be the classic book on Mayan Indian textile weavings.   The exquisitely beautiful paintings constitute the best illustrations ever done of the Mayan villagers´ typical garb.   The full page paintings face parallel texts in English and Spanish telling about the particular outfit and the customs of the Mayan people. Pettersen´s informative text about the weavings is peppered with fascinating, little known historical facts as well as touching personal anecdotes about her travels with fellow collectors and admirers of Mayan textile art.

Maya of Guatemala can be bought at the gift store in the Museo Ixchel and HERE