Woman's huipil (bodice) - ROM2014_14346_9


Woman's huipil (bodice)

Maker: Amuzgo culture
Medium:Brocaded cotton tabby with appliquéd rayon ribbon
Geography: San Pedro Amuzgos, State of Guerrero, Mexico
Date: 1960
102 x 117 cm
Object number: 961.156.4
Credit Line: No credit line
Not on view

This huipil is decorated with brocaded horizontal bands. Store-bought black ribbon, appliqued in star-like points, reinforces the neck opening. A pink satin ribbon decoratively disguises the panel joins.

The huipil is worn in an enormous number of indigenous communities, both coastal and highland, across Oaxaca and Guerrero. The Chinantec, Triqui, Mixtec, Tacuate, Zapotec, and Amuzgo are immensely skilled weavers. Although they share a range of designs that reflect their cultural heritage, each woman's work is unique and recognizable by her peers.

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