This fine old huipil is from Colotenango in the western highlands of Guatemala, probably from the village of San Rafael Petzal. It dates from ca. 1980, and was purchased in the late 1990s. It was handwoven on a backstrap loom in 3 panels, which are seamed with a decorative figure-8 stitch. The designs were added during the weaving process using supplemental weft brocading. The foundation fabric is a very supple polished cotton, as are the brocaded designs. All six lower edges are nicely selvage-finished. The overcasting and crochet work around the head- and arm-holes is still present, as is the finely-sewn decorative 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 34 inches wide and 18 inches shoulder to hem.
Condition: Excellent , lightly used, some very slight soil possible but not noticeable. This is a very fine and beautiful example of weaving from this small village.