Woman's huipil (bodice) - ROM2014_14346_4


Woman's huipil (bodice)

Maker: Chinantec culture
Medium:Cotton tabby and gauze with embroidered designs
Geography: San Lucas Ojitlán, State of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 1964
93 x 78 cm
Object number: 986.206.20
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of Mrs. A. Murray Vaughan from the Doris Heyden Collection
Not on view

Three panel huipil made of handspun white cotton on a backstrap loom. A round head opening has been cut into the centre ground. Large geometric patterns and bird motifs are embroidered in running stitch with bought cotton treads. To achieve such regular designs, makers carefully count the background threads. Punctuating the designs are specks of white, where the ground shows through. This garment has been dipped in bluing, to intensify the white.

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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