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Huipiles

Amusgo Huipil
Amusgo Huipil
Ceremonial or Wedding Huipil
Decorative Wall Fabric
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Embroidered Blouse
Fiesta Huipil
Fiesta Huipil
Mixe Huipil
Mixe Huipil
Mixe Huipil
Wool Shawl
Zapotec Huipil from Tehuantepec, Mexico

Huipiles are hand-woven or hand-embroidered, loosely fitting blouse- like dresses that have survived in some of the indigeneous communities since pre-Columbian times.  Our selection of huipiles are mostly woven on back strap looms by master weavers using diverse cultural designs in stylized motifs and woven textures.   At one time dependence on the plants and animals native to the environment added to the design and coloration of the fibers creating color density and color combinations unique to the cultures of Mesoamerica.  There has been a resurgence in the use of natural dyes and the different colored cottons grown in the region in some of the weaving communities, but synthetic dyes are now more popular.  These traditional clothes also reflect the climate of the area and identify the culture of the indigeneous group wearing them.  Huipiles were worn with a wraparound skirt or enredo and a woven belt or faja to hold the skirt in place.  Today they are combined with skirts, leggings, turtlenecks or simply worn as a dress.  It can take up to a year to weave a very intricate and complex huipil which is woven in two or three webs the width of the loom and then joined with cotton crocheted or stitched web joins called randas.

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