Vintage handwoven huipil/blouse/poncho from Guatemala, woven on the backstrap loom with embroidery around the neck. When you don’t wear your blouse, use it as (wall) decoration – it’s stunning folk art!
- COLOUR: pink/white
- SIZE: 86 x 96 cm | 34 x 38″. Neck: 17 cm / 6,7 inch
- MATERIAL: cotton/acryl
- MAKER: Guatemala, municipalities of Sacatepéquez
- STATE: vintage
- CONDITION: excellent vintage condition
Good to know: One size fits all – but adjustments can be made accordingly. The huipil is open on the sides. A small stitch by the arms, but can be taken out or moved. The material of this huipil is a bit stiffer and more rigid around the neck.
Weaving is a truly age-old craft, whereas the techniques and designs are passed over for generations. Representations of women using the backstrap loom are found on Mayan art, dating back over two thousand years.
The huipiles or ‘po’t’, the richly hand-embroidered blouses, are worn by indigenous women. Making huipiles is spade work; it can take up to 6 months to create one single item. With so many working hours in each piece, it feels like having a museum masterpiece in your hand.
Huipiles are one-of-a-kind: you won’t find a single duplicate.
Many symbols in your huipil go back to age-old representations from the Mayan culture, like rivers, animals, corn plants, the path of the sun and the forming of the natural landscape. Nowadays, symbols and styles can be traced back to its origin, as each Guatemalan town developed its own characteristic embroideries.
To secure our supply of huipils, we created a partnership with a local cooperative in Guatemala, which provides families the opportunity to receive a fair price for their already- worn blouses.