Large woman's matrimonial huipil with very fine brocading
This post-1980 special use huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. The foundation fabric is cotton, in natural white color. The very intricate designs were added during the weaving process using the technique of supplemental-weft brocading. These designs include diamonds, arco lightning, and traditional geometrics, as well as small quetzal birds along the shoulder. They were made using some artificial silk (rayon or orlon embroidery floss) and synthetic threads, but the majority of the brocading is polished cotton colored threads. It consists of two panels, seemed down the center. All four of the lower edges are nicely selvage-finished. 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 use huipil incorporates a large amount of artificial silk (probably orlon embroidery floss) for the pink color. That thread was chosen specifically to simulate the real silk used 50-75 years ago, this being a status symbol for these Maya women. The designs in both the front and the back are slightly different, as pictured below. This is a particularly nice example of a traditional Nahuala matrimonial huipil.
Measurements: 31 inches wide across top of shoulder and arms and 27 inches shoulder to hem, more or less.
Condition: Very Good, lightly used, some very light soil possible. Since the 2 sides are different, I have taken photos of both sides, as well as a close-up of one corner and the center.