Woman's huipil (bodice) - ROM2014_14346_41


Woman's huipil (bodice)

Maker: Tzotzil Maya culture
Medium:Cotton tabby brocaded with wool
Geography: San Andrés Larrainzar, State of Chiapas, Mexico
Date: 1950-1975
66 cm
Object number: 975.263.6
Credit Line: No credit line
Not on view

This ceremonial huipil is embellished with brocaded designs made with supplementary weft threads. The pre-Conquest huipil is a sleeveless, rectangular tunic that is still worn in several states, including Oaxaca, Puebla, Guerrero, and Chiapas, and by Maya women on the Yucatán Peninsula. This has been woven in the traditional manner on the backstrap loom. Though construction methods and designs vary according to region and culture, most makers use two or three loom widths. In some communities, the garments are long and hang freely, even reaching the ankles. In other communities, where garments are short, they stop at the waist or are worn tucked inside a skirt.

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