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Hausateca Quechquemitl

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New Quechquemitl made by the Hausatec of San Luis Potosi
The quechquemitl is an ancient Mexican garment still used by the indigenous women in certain regions of contemporary Mexico. Though it was worn in the past without undergarment in the hot regions of Mexico, it is now used as an overgarment similar to a shawl.

This particular quechquemitl was woven by the Hausatec of the state of San Luis Potosi. It was made from two woven panels, each measuring 14 inches wide and 34 inches long. The joining seams are concealed by a randa stitch. The embroidery designs and attached fringe were added using needle embroidery. The designs are the same on both front and back of the garment as worn, though the colors are slightly different. The resulting garment measures 24 inches along each diagonal side and 34 inches across the shoulders. The head-hole measures 9 inches along each of the four sides. Condition is excellent, since the garment is unused and was woven in the past 5 years.

The picture below was taken from the internet web site and shows an older woman from the village Santiago Aquismon, wearing a very similar garment.

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