Woman's huipil (bodice) - ROM2014_14346_39


Woman's huipil (bodice)

Maker: Mazatec culture
Medium:Cotton tabby with cross stitch embroidery and appliquéd rayon ribbons
Geography: Huautla de Jiménez, State of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: c. 1975
99 x 94 cm
Object number: 986.206.14
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of Mrs. A. Murray Vaughan from the Doris Heyden Collection
Not on view

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. Mazatec women prefer bought cloth. They seam together ribbons as decorative frills and fake sleeves that emulate European-style blouses.


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