Woman's large ceremonial huipil with very fine brocading, measuring 31 inches wide and 28 inches long
According to the literature (see Threads of Identity by Altman and West, as well as A Century of Change in Guatemalan Textiles by Rowe), this ceremonial woman's huipil from Todos Santos Chuchumatanes dates from ca. 1970. The fineness of the weave and the excellent state of preservation indicate that the garment was worn only occasionally, and otherwise stored in a safe place.
This ca. 1970s ceremonial use huipil was woven on a back-strap loom, as is typical of the huipiles of Todos Santos. The foundation fabric is of white cotton, with broad stripes of red cotton threads, and the brocading is of mixed synthetic and cotton yarns. The huipil consists of three panels. Four of the lower edges are beautifully selvage finished, one is hemmed and one has cut warp fringe. The adornment around the head-hole is retained. There is very fine brocaded designs on all three panels. The side stitching (which made the huipil into a finished garment to be used) is still present.
Measurements: approximately 31 inches wide (average) and 28 inches long, with some variation in the lengths of the panels.
Condition: Very Good condition, some very light dust and soil possible, especially on the lower clear parts of the panels. This is a wonderful antique huipil in very nice condition.