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Apr 27, 2006

NICH organize embroidery exhibition at H.O.C.

Story PictureThe art of embroidery may be a dying skill, but as News Five’s Jacqueline Godwin discovered today, a new exhibition at the House of Culture is determined to show how the intricate techniques weave the very fabric of Belizean society.

Ritamae Hyde, Exhibition Coordinator, H.O.C.
?I know that whenever I would look at a Mennonite embroidery or a Maya embroidery I would say it is beautiful, that?s a given. But there is more beyond beauty, its actually representative of something more significant.?

Jacqueline Godwin
?Motiffs and Meanings in Maya and Mennonite Embroidery? is the latest exhibition hosted by the National Institute of Culture and History at the Belize City House of Culture. According to the exhibition coordinator Ritamae Hyde the display is about more than artistic abilities as every stitch symbolizes an intricate expression of identities.

Ritamae Hyde
?If you look at it from the cultural perspective, these symbols are all representative of identity an affirmation of an ethnic identity, you have some of the symbols, they express some of the beliefs of the Mayas and the meaning behind Mennonite embroidery that explains how important religion is a part of their society, how important the family structure is.?

The exhibition will run for three months and is free to the public. Jacqueline Godwin for News Five.

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