Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Winter 2018 (January 17, 2018)

Bristol Collection Online Gallery

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January 5, 2018

The Logan Museum plans to have a visual archive of the Bristol Collection available online in May 2018. In the meantime, we’ve selected photos of a few exemplary pieces from the 373 textiles in the collection, including the huipil featured in detail on our cover.

[W18] A Mantle from Tuxtepec, Oaxaca
This cape, also called a mantle, is from Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, and the Chinantec people. Frances Bristol purchased the garment in 1963 and donated it to the Logan Museum in 2006. Catalog #1963-118-02-012.

[W18] A Huipil from Putla, Oaxaca.
A shirt, known as a huipil, from Putla, Oaxaca. Catalog # 1974-118-01-088.

[W18] Servilleta with Animal, Plant, and Human Motif
This servilleta is made of white cotton and densely woven all over with brown supplementary weft motifs including birds, rabbits, corn plants, and one human figure. Servilletas are commonly used as tortilla wrappers, general carrying cloths, or tablecloths, but they may also be used in ceremonial contexts. Catalog # 1976-118-02-059.

[W18] A Servilleta from San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca
A densely woven servilleta from San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, which Frances Bristol purchased in 1980 and donated to the Logan Museum in 2006. Catalog #1980-118-02-074.

[W18] Chinanteco huipil from the town of San Lucas Ojitlán, Oaxaca.
Detail of this Chinanteco huipil is shown on the cover of Beloit College Magazine’s winter 2018 issue. These garments are handwoven on backstrap looms and worn by women from indigenous communities in Oaxaca since pre-Columbian times. In most cases, a huipil’s design is very distinct, incorporating colors and motifs rooted in each community’s history and tradition. From the town of San Lucas Ojitlán, Oaxaca, this huipil is one of the best in the Bristol collection; it is both woven and embroidered and was purchased by Frances Bristol in in 1959 in this remote, mountainous region. Catalog #1959-118-1-10.

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