Bright rose-colored woman's huipil from Cerro de Oro
This post-1980 daily use huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. It is of mixed cotton and synthetic threads, and of very traditional geometric designs. The designs were all added during the weaving process using supplemental weft brocading, and they are very nicely done. It consists of two panels, seemed down the center. There was a gap of about 5 inches left in the seam in the front, for breast feeding. Two of the lower edges have warp fringe, and two are selvage-finished. Original adornment around the head-hole is machine embroidery, and is retained. The stitching under the arm-holes, which makes this a usable garment, has been removed. This huipil was purchased in 1999; the seller told me that the garment was from Cerro de Oro, a small village on the shore of Lake atitlan, located between San Lucas Toliman and Santiago Atitlan. I cannot personally tell any difference in style or weaving details to differentiate this garment from a San Lucas huipil, except possibly for the lack of the usual horizontal stripe across the breast.
Measurements: 29 inches wide at the shoulders, 30 inches wide at the base, and 25 inches shoulder to hem.
Condition: Excellent, lightly used, some very slight soil is possible, some loose threads.