Ceremonial Woman's huipil measuring approximately 37 inches wide and 25 inches long
This post-1980 ceremonial use huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. The foundation fabric is white cotton, with a colored stripe at the edge of each panel. The large traditional animal designs were added during the weaving process using the technique of supplemental weft brocading. They were made using all cotton yarns. The huipil consists of two panels, seemed down the center with a decorative stitch. All four lower edges are selvage finished. The adornment around the head-hole is retained. In this case it consists of an embroidered collar sewn around the head-hole in the fabric.
Overall dimensions of the textile are 37 inches wide and 50 inches long. The garment is heavily decorated with extensive supplementary brocade, mainly in purple. The brocade features traditional bird and animal motifs among many others. The head hole is trimmed with a complex hand embroidered collar. All these features are typical of the finest San Pedro Sacatepéquez ceremonial huipils. It is worn outside the skirt, showing the brocade to the hem in the back. It was thus never stitched together on the sides.
Condition: Very Good, lightly used, some very ligh soil and small stains are possible.