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Chinanteco Gala Huipil, San Felipe Usila, Oaxaca

3.00 LBS
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Product Description

Very nice traditional huipil measuring 27 inches wide and 41 inches long, with sleeves.

This is a very finely woven huipil from Oaxaca. According to available references, the weaving techniques and design elements place the village of San Felipe Usila as the place of origin. It was all handwoven in three panels on a back-strap loom. All edges are selvage finished. The seems where the panels have been joined are finely hand-stitched, and the sides are seamed with a plain stitch in white cotton. The foundation fabric is fine cotton. Techniques of both plain weave and gauze weave have been employed. The designs were added during the weaving process using supplemental weft brocading. It is of mixed synthetic and cotton thread.  All seams are covered with decorative commercial ribbon of synthetic origin, as are the pendant ribbon decorations and applied lace.

This huipil was recently woven. It is in excellent condition, with no wear and perhaps some very slight soil.

Dimensions: the center panel is slightly wider than the two side panels; total width approx. 27 inches; total length shoulder to hem 41 inches. The designs are the same on the two sides, though they are so complicated that a minor variation would not be noticed.

Condition: Excellent, never used, very light fold marks from storage. This is a very nice huipil.

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