Woman's blusa measuring 32 inches wide and 20 inches long
Many years ago, Coban huipiles were woven on a backstrap loom, most often in a very fine gauze weave to which was added hand embroidery. In the past 20-30 years, however, commercial cloth has been used for the foundation fabric. Embroidery is added in the traditional designs, or using more contemporary embroidery techniques, as in this example. These garments fall into the category called "village-specific blusa", since they are not hand-woven on a backstrap loom.
This post-1990 woman's huipil uses a fancy commercial cloth of synthetic material, chosen to simulate the older gauze weave. The use of colored rather than white foundation is also a quite recent development. The concentric floral designs are hand-embroidered, many using three-dimensional techniques for the flowers. The lower edges of both sides are the selvage edges of the commercial cloth, so no hemming was performed. The adornment around the head- and arm-holes is complete. The stitching at the sides, which makes the huipil into a finished garment to be used, is also complete, so that this blouse can be worn as originally intended.
Measurements: 32 inches wide and 20 inches shoulder to hem, more or less.
Condition: Excellent condition, perhaps a few loose threads. This is a very attractive blouse