Vintage Guatemalan Highlands Mayan Huipil

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Unusual woven and emboidered Huipil from the Guatemala Highland region. It was hand woven on backstrap loom and all the intricate embroidery was done by hand as well.

A Huipil is a hand loomed, woven and sometimes 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. Sometimes it is sewn up on the sides with room left for the armhole but more traditionally it is left open on the sides but then wrapped around and tucked into their skirts held in place by long hand woven belts.

This one measures 29 1/2"x 25". The head hole measrue 5" from side to side but there opening expands to put it on and has a snap closure. The armholes can be enlarged if needed.

The condition is good. It is a bit faded but it is a vintage item that been worn by the indigenous Mayan woman who most likely made it. I have several other of these wonderful Guatemalan Huipil availabe on Go-Antiques and Go-Antiques Live Auctions.

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Item Details

Reference #:
3494
Quantity
0
Category
Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
Department
Collectibles
Year
01960's 1970's 1980's
Dimensions
(Width x Height X Depth)
x x
Weight
Unknown
Condition
good. some fading
Material
cotton