Woman's huipil (bodice) - ROM2014_14346_7

ROM2014_14346_7

Woman's huipil (bodice)

Maker: Amuzgo culture
Medium:Brocaded cotton tabby
Geography: San Pedro Amuzgos, State of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 1961
Dimensions:
99.5 x 118 cm
Object number: 986.206.19
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of Mrs. A. Murray Vaughan from the Doris Heyden Collection
Not on view
Description

Our textiles are our voice. “Our huipiles speak for us, and help us to uphold our traditions”: celebrated Amuzgo weaver Florentina López de Jesús (1939-2014).

 

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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