Huipil Cream color fabric on sides. Checkered design. Maroon fringe at bottom
29” x 27”
Ancient Maya religion included a goddess of weaving, Ix Chel. She is often shown wearing a backstrap loom, which is the traditional Maya loom. Throughout contemporary Maya culture, weaving and embroidery remain widespread. The huipil, a loose fitting tunic, is still by far the most common apparel among Maya women. Each garment is unique and may require two or three months to complete, and each village has developed a distinctive design. Textiles are an integral part of Maya identity and of both everyday and ceremonial life.
This huipil from Colotenango, Guatemala, is a vintage ceremonial garment, rare and special because the fabric is woven from “aleman,” which is silk and cotton hand spun together. It is embroidered with silk and cotton as well. It is fifty to seventy-five years old