Saturday, May 24, 2014

La Jicara, #6, 2009, Taller Lenateros, Chiapas, Mexico [2nd edition]

I got really lucky last week and found a copy of this most incredibly beautiful handmade periodical, and it's so special in every sense of the word. La Jicara (The Gourd) is published by indigenous Maya women in San Cristobal, Chiapas, to promote Mayan culture, and its accordion format embodies both pride, and resistance as it's modeled on the codices created by the women's Maya ancestors that were all but destroyed by the Conquistadors and priests during the Spanish conquest. This periodical is only one of a number of publications produced by Taller Lenateros (The Woodlander's Workshop) which was founded in 1975 by an expatriate American, Ambar Past to promote Amerindian culture. There's an earlier issue if you scroll down on this blog, but the cover for this particular issue is spectacular. Individual pages 8.75" (h) x 5.5" (w), 59 pages and opened up its 12' 2.5" in length. 

The full range of their beautiful artists' books, prints and other publications can be seen, and purchased at:

Front cover and section
Front opened up
Back opened up

Section of the back

Front and back covers

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