IMS Textile Collection

Over the years, through donation and acquisitions, the IMS has assembled a collection of textiles, mostly from Guatemala and Mexico. In 2010, the IMS received a generous textile donation from Diane Palmer, who lived in Guatemala in the 1970s. The Palmer collection focuses on daily-wear clothing with pieces dating back into the 1930s. The collection is currently being catalogued and will be available for research use.


Triqui Textile Collection

Thanks to the generosity of Román Vidal López and the Albany Triqui community, the IMS has been able to start a collection of Triqui textiles from San Juan Copala.

Please visit our Triqui textiles page for more information.



Palmer Textile Collection

The collection is divided by geographical provenience of the textiles. Soon you will be able to browse our collection.

Mesoamerica: Diane Palmer has collected a variety of fajas (belts), cloths, and huipiles (women's blouses) from both Guatemala and Mexico.

Andes: the Palmer Collection includes belts from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru


A word from Diane Palmer

I’ve always been a collector, of one thing or another, since childhood. Living in Latin America in the 1970s , it was easy to find many different collection possibilities. We decided to collect textiles and necklaces from the places we lived including Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, and, our main focus, Guatemala. I am also a student of history, in general, and Latin American history and culture in particular. The history of the reasons for differences in clothing in Guatemala, why they still exist today, and the impact of this is a history of Guatemala. (click here to continue)