Stunningly Beautiful Vintage Mayan Guatemalan Huipil with hand embroidery
32, inches across the sleeve to sleeve
23/24 inches shoulder to bottom (one side or several might be longer than others in some cases)
PLEASE NOTE: SOME OF THE NECK OPENINGS ARE VERY SMALL, AND IT MIGHT NEED TO BE ALTERED TO FIT THE HEAD THROUGH.
Handwoven on a backstrap loom and hand embroidered, this piece is in fantastic used condition for its age.
The colors in this piece are still incredibly vibrant, the fabric looks faded from regular use.
Made from 3 handwoven panels hand-embroidered together
The hand embroidery on this piece is incredible, just stunning - It would make a beautiful bag, hang it as it is for decoration, any other project you have, or just wear it as it is.
Huipils from Chichicastenango are known to have some of the finest and most elaborate embroidery work. This piece is a spectacular example of intricate Mayan design. The embroidery is done entirely by hand in a fantastic array of vibrant colors. Three panels are used to make this huipil, meaning three separate weaves and three separate panels of embroidery.
A huipil of this quality can take many months to hand weave on a backstrap loom. The backstrap loom is a small hand loom used to make one slim weave at a time. The resulting fabrics, known as panels, are usually only 8"- 16" wide. 2-3 panels are joined together lengthways to create the base of a huipil. The outcome of years of experience in this truly beautiful yet sturdy masterpiece of weaving.
Please note that this item is vintage, so do not expect brand new and perfect, this is a historic, but still a wearable item. Small imperfections are possible, however, any obvious flaws are always mentioned and photographed
Fabric stretching, loose threads, and light soiling are not to be considered a defect, but rather a testament to its long hard life
Hand washable in cold water, air dry.
Please check all pictures carefully.
These items of clothing have been worn for many years, sometimes by several generations of the same Mayan family, and could show some signs of wear. Sun fading, light soiling, thread pulls and fabric stretching are all possible.
However, any serious signs of damage such as holes or tears are always noted and or photographed.
All Huipiles are 100% Cotton ( Excluding any metallic threads which are sometimes woven into the fabric )