Photos: Design Center Highlights for Hispanic Heritage Month

Curator Jade Papa selects some favorite pieces from Jefferson’s textile and costume collection.

This Hispanic Heritage Month, The Nexus asked Jade Papa, curator of Jefferson’s vast textile and costume collection, to select some of her favorite pieces in the Design Center that highlight Hispanic culture. They include a man’s sash and woman’s huipil from Guatemala, a skirt from the Andean Highlands, a coca bag from Peru and more. (See slideshow below.)

The collection features roughly 150,000 pieces from around the world, with some items dating back to the 4th century.

Faculty, staff and students from all programs are welcome to visit the Design Center, located in a mid-20th-century ranch home on East Falls Campus. Email Jade Papa to schedule an appointment, or virtually browse the collection here.

Knee-length skirt with numerous tiny cartridge pleats at the waist and a series of four narrow horizontal tucks midway down the skirt. Worn by Aymara women of the Andean Highlands. Mid-20th century. Detail of the cartridge pleats at the waist. Multicolored coca bag with a radiating diamond motif and fringe. Peru. 20th century. Man’s headcloth or tzute from Santa Maria Nebaj, a municipality in Guatemala. 20th century. Mola created with a reverse appliqué technique featuring two birds. San Blas Islands, Panama. 20th century. Woman’s multicolored huipil from San Miguel Chicaj, Guatemala. 20th century. Man’s sash from the Nahuala region in Guatemala. Mid-to-late 20th century. Andean chullo hat. 20th century.
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