This fine huipil is from Colotenango in the western highlands of Guatemala. It dates from after 1980, and was purchased in the late 1990s. It was handwoven on a backstrap loom in 3 panels, which are seamed with a simple stitch. The designs were added during the weaving process using supplemental weft brocading. All six lower edges are selvage-finished. The colorful overcasting around the head- and arm-holes is still present, as is the finely-sewn stitching under the arms which makes the textile into a finished garment. This huipil was purchased in Guatemala in the late 1990s and is as found and exactly as used by the indigenous Mayan woman.
Measurements: approximately 30 inches wide and 26 inches shoulder to hem.
Condition: Excellent , lightly used, some very slight soil possible but not noticeable.