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About 40 years ago my mother gave me a vintage hand woven…

About 40 years ago...

About 40 years ago my mother gave me a vintage hand woven jacket and hat from Guatemala that was a gift to her many years earlier. I'm not sure how old it is. The label in it says Shop of Tocsika Townley Roach. It's been hanging in my closet all this time. Thank you.

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Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser, and I'd be happy to help.

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Thanks. Give me a little time to research this.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you!

Tocsika Townley Roach was an American woman who moved to Guatemala in 1917.

  • She and her husband, Jim, had resided in Guatemala since 1917. Her avocation was the collection of Indian textiles, and she opened the first textile shop in the city. She was concerned even in those days that Indian costume was slowly disappearing, and she collected some of the finest examples during her purchasing trips— many on foot to remote villages. Her collection was purchased eventually by the United Fruit Company and given to the Archeology Museum in Guatemala City.

So this in an exceptionally interesting set, coming from the first person to really appreciate and market traditional Guatemalan textile work.

Given the styling, I suspect this dates to the early 1940s. The weaving appears to be from the region of Nahuala, Guatemala.

The value of the jacket and hat would be in the range of $350.00 - $400.00, together.

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Jennifer

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Thanks so much for the positive rating!

If you have any future items you'd like me to review, please put “For AppraiserJM” in the subject line and it will be sent to my attention.

Sincerely,

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