Large ceremonial huipil ca. 1980 with all-over brocading
This post-1980 ceremonial-use huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. The foundation fabric is all 100% cotton. The designs were added during the weaving process using the technique of supplemental-weft brocading, and they are also pure cotton. The brocading additionally employs the picked-pile technique, in which every individual stitch is "picked" or lifted about 1/8 inch above the foundation fabric. The resulting 3-dimensional effect can be seen in the second photo below. This technique is very time-consuming, so months of labor went into making this huipil. The huipil consists of two panels, seemed together with a fancy randa stitch. All four of the lower edges are very nicely selvage-finished. The adornment around the head-hole is retained, and the side stitching has been removed. In the photos below, there is one side, then a close-up. I have pictured both sides since they are not the same.
Measurements: 32 inches wide, 26 inches long, more or less, shoulder to hem.
Condition: Very Good, lightly used, some very slight soil is possible. There is slight red color run in the lower right part of the third photo. There is also a small hole, about the size of a dime, that can be seen just to the right of the neck opening in the final picture.