Woman's huipil with artificial silk brocading, cats design
This post-1980 special use huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. The foundation fabric is cotton, in natural white color with thin vertical lines. The intricate designs were added during the weaving process using the technique of supplemental-weft brocading. They were made using artificial silk (rayon or orlon embroidery floss) as well as polished cotton colored threads. It consists of two panels, seemed down the center. All four of the lower edges are nicely selvage-finished, though 2 have been lightly hemmed. The adornment around the head- and arm-holes is retained. The side stitching (which makes the huipil into a finished garment to be used) is still present.
This special or ceremonial use huipil incorporates artificial silk for the dark red color. The primary design is gatos or multiple cats.
Measurements: 33 inches wide and 27 inches long, more or less, from shoulder to hem. The huipil designs are the same front and back.
Condition: Very Good, lightly used, with some light soil possible, and some looseness in the white cotton foundation, where the weaving batten was removed at the end of the weaving. There may also be some very slight staining of the white background where the color has run.