Fully brocaded woman's huipil very finely woven
This post-1990 woman's huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. The foundation fabric is cotton. The finely-brocaded geometric designs were added during the weaving process using the technique of supplemental-weft brocading. Brocading is of a mixture of synthetic and cotton threads, with an occasional metallic thread added for effect. The huipil consists of three panels, seemed at the edges to form the garment. The lower edges are all very nicely selvage-finished. The adornment around the head- and arm-holes is retained. The stitching at the sides, which makes the huipil into a finished garment to be used, is also present. The brocaded designs are on all three panels and are very fine.
Measurements: 40 inches wide across the body, and 28 inches, more or less, shoulder to hem.
Condition: Very Good, lightly used, shows some slight wear. The huipiles from this village in the mountainous part of western Guatemala are invariable large and very finely woven and finished. NOTE: the spot on the left-hand side of the huipil is an internal reflection in the camera, is NOT a flaw in the garment.