Beautiful ceremonial woman's huipil in the old traditional style
This is a very traditional ceremonial huipil from the Tzotzil Maya town of Magdalenas, Chiapas, Mexico. It was all handwoven in three panels on a back-strap loom. All edges are beautifully selvage-finished. The foundation fabric is extremely fine wool. The designs were added during the weaving process using supplemental weft brocading. It is all hand-spun wool, which is vegetal-dyed. The designs are traditional, and have meaning in the Tzotzil cosmology.
This huipil has the appearance of being recently woven. It is in excellent condition, with no wear and perhaps some very slight soil. It have seen pictures in the literature, however, of huipiles over 50 years old that look very similar.
Dimensions: Center panel 18 inches wide, side panels 12 inches wide, total width approx. 42 inches; total length shoulder to hem 30 inches.
Condition: Excellent, very lightly used, some light soil possible. This is a truly wonderful huipil. There is a very slight amount of color run, this can be seen in the lower right of the garment in the first photo, Pictures are provided of both sides, though the designs seem to be identical.