British Museum Publications. The textiles and clothing of Mexico have a richness and vigour that is unsurpassed elsewhere in the Americas. Author traces the development of Mexican textile arts, examines the social and even magical role played by clothing. Illustrated with numerous diagrams showing weaving techniques and embroidery stitches. There are more than 50 different Indian peoples living in Mexico who have preserved their own distinctive costumes. In remote areas, spinning, weaving and dyeing are practised much as they were before the Spanish conquest.