Large woman's huipil from the Cakchiquel Maya town of Solola.
Women's huipiles from Solola are unusual in that they have attached sleeves. All parts of the garment are hand-woven on a backstrap loom, then the pieces are assembled and sewn by hand. They usually have brocading across the chest and shoulders, but the main body has verticle stripes.
This ca. 2000 daily use huipil was hand-woven on a backstrap loom. The foundation fabric is cotton with warp stripes as well as small ikat warp stripes. The huipil consists of two panels, seamed in the center and under the arms. Two of the lower edges have warp fringes, the other two are selvage-finished. The designs were added during the weaving process using supplemental weft brocading. These threads are of cotton and synthetic, as well as some metallic threads which were added to give the garment extra pizzazz. The adornment around the head- and arm-holes is retained, and the stitching under the arm holes is still present. The huipil still exists as originally worn.
Measurements: 22 inches wide across the shoulders and 40 inches from sleeve end to end, 30 inches across the body, and 33 inches long, more or less, from shoulder to hem.
Condition: Very Good, lightly used with some light wear and light soil possible.