Vint. Handwoven Guatemalan Huipil from Quiche

Smaller Youth size vintage Handwoven Guatemala Mayan Huipil from Chichicastenagno. It is is a important highland market town in the region known as Quiche. The indigenous population of the area are known as Quiche where they have their own distinct language.

The weaving was done by the women on a back strap loom. The colorful flowers, symbols the figures all have a special meaning that is unique to there region and culture.

A Huipil is a hand loomed, woven and embroidered blouse or top that the indigenous women wear. It made from usually 3 long pieces put together. ( the pieces are limited by the size of the back strap looms they use. That is why they need to use more that one piece). A hole is made for the head. Frequently there head hole is decorated with the sign of the Sun or other. The edges are finished by some type trim. Sometimes it is sewn up on the sides with room left for the armhole but more traditionally it is left open on the sides like a poncho but then worn wrapped around and tucked into their skirts held in place by long hand woven belts.

This one has the decorative stitching on a maroon back ground. In the pictures the color looks more red than how it actaully is. It is slightly smaller than the one made more the women but not by much.

The art of the traditional weaving is past down from mother to daughter. Each region and village has their own distinct design and colors. Unfortunately more of the traditional weaving and other cultural ways are being influence and replaced by modernization of the U.S.A. & Europe.

This Huipil is about 25 to 30 to years old. It does show some very modest signs of wear. However the fabric is study and the weave is strong. It is brilliant & detailed. I purchased this and many other similar huipils from the family that made them.

I encourage you to invest in piece of Mayan culture and history while such treasures are available. Many people will buy these to hang on a wall rather than to wear. Here are the measurments for this one: Width is 28 1/2" The lengh is 22 1/2" approx. The neck hole is 5 1/2" and the slit is 1 1/2". The arm hole is 4 1/2".

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