Unusual green huipil of Calendario Maya style design
This post-1990 daily use huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. The foundation material is a very soft and supple polished cotton thread called locally aleman, possibly because many years ago the thread was imported from Germany. The color is very unusual emerald green, since the huipiles from Patzun usually have a red background. The designs were all added using needle embroidery after the basic garment was completed. The design of this huipil is a modified calendario Maya, which depicts stylized ancient Mayan glyphs. In this example, the glyphs have been replaced by various flower and animal motifs. It is beautifully embroidered of fine embroidery floss, mostly cotton but some synthetic artificial silk (rayon or orlon). It consists of two panels, seemed down the center. All four lower edges are beautifully selvage-finished. Original adornment around the arm- and head-holes is retained and has the same intricate beauty. The stitching under the arm-holes has been removed, so that the garment can be laid flat for display.
Measurements: 30 inches wide and 22 inches shoulder to hem.
Condition: Very Good, lightly used, some very slight soil is possible, a few loose or pulled threads. There is also some looseness in the lower part of the foundation fabric on one side, where the weaving battens were removed. This flaw is locally called golpeado.