Fancy woman's special usage huipil of subtle color and design.
This post-1980 daily use huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. The foundation fabric is white cotton. The double-headed eagles and other geometric designs were added during the weaving process using the technique of supplemental-weft brocading. They are particularly finely woven. The rose pink designs were made using artificial silk (rayon or orlon embroidery floss). Other brocading is of cotton threads. The huipil consists of three panels, seemed at the edges to form the garment. All lower edges are selvage-finished, though most have been rolled and lightly hemmed. The adornment around the head- and arm-holes is retained. The side seams, which make the huipil into a finished garment to be used, are still present. Most huipiles from this very traditional Maya village are of two panels; only the cofradia and other ceremonial huipiles are 3 panels wide. According to Krystyna Deuss, cofradia participation ended in 1996, so this garment predates that year.
Measurements: 33.5 inches wide and 24-25 inches, more or less, shoulder to hem.
Condition: Very Good, lightly used, some light soil is possible. The designs are subtle, but the final photo shows the designs in all panels of both front and back to be double-headed eagles. The front and back of the garment are almost the same. There is some very slight running of the pink color into the white background, but this is not considered a flaw by the local user. The close-up photos also show light spots of green wax near the neck and at the lower part of the central panel. This garment was very finely woven, and appears to have been used in a special ceremony.