Cultural Preservation at Casa Museo de la Makana in Gualaceo, Ecuador Public
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Ecuadorian textile art is a product of cultural blending that is an honored ancestral tradition, especially the ikat dyeing technique which is used to create hand-made ethnic garments known as makanas. Due to a lack of appreciation for tradition, low tourism rates, and the increase of globalization, there has been a decrease in the use of traditional ikat. Commissioned by Casa Museo de la Makana, our team created a set of guidelines for best practices that could be used to preserve the culture of the makana. Through investigating textile museums, the current operations of Casa Museo, and past visitor experiences, our team recommended different practices most relevant to the museum and its purpose. These guidelines serve as a readily available resource for Casa Museo for future projects.
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