Woman's huipil - ROM2014_14346_30


Woman's huipil

Maker: Amuzgo culture
Medium:Cotton tabby and brocaded motifs with designs embroidered in cross stitch
Geography: Xochistlahuaca, State of Guerrero, Mexico
Date: 1964
91 x 98 cm
Object number: 986.206.8
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of Mrs. A. Murray Vaughan from the Doris Heyden Collection
Not on view

Stylized plant motifs form horizontal bands of brocading. Additional floral motifs in cross-stitch embroidery decorate the sides of the head opening. Rayon ribbon trim.

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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