Large Vintage Huipil - Guatemala
This vintage, hand woven huipil is from San Pedro Sacatepéquez.
approximate measurements (flat and extended entire length): 51x35
Story Behind the Art
The most distinctive garment worn by Mayan women is the huipil, a blouse usually made of two panels of cotton fabric woven on a backstrap loom and joined along the side selvedges with the seams worn vertically. They have no separate sleeve sections and may or may not be sewn up the sides. Huipils are among the most highly decorated of Mayan weavings, and often feature complex brocaded patterns. Women may own many huipils, some for everyday work and some for special occasions; they may be worn as single garments or as over-garments.