Woman's huipil (tunic) - ROM2014_14346_51


Woman's huipil (tunic)

Maker: Victoria Villaseñor Oviedo
Medium:Cotton tabby with brocaded motifs
Geography: San Mateo del Mar, State of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 2014
68 x 70 cm
Object number: 2014.36.21
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Kircheis Family Endowment Fund
Not on view
DescriptionWoven on a backstrap loom using commercial cotton threads, this huipil is decorated with designs of shrimp, fish, crabs, birds, and rabbits. 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. Among Mexican backstrap weavers, the most widespread style of decoration is brocading. Often mistaken for embroidery, this superstructural technique is used by Huave weavers in the coastal fishing community of San Mateo del Mar, Oaxaca State.
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