Woman's huipil (bodice) - ROM2014_14346_2


Woman's huipil (bodice)

Maker: Zapotec culture
Medium:Cotton tabby and weft-wrap openwork, with small areas of crochet
Geography: Santiago Choapan, State of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 1945-1960
96 x 99 cm
Object number: 961.156.2.A
Credit Line: No credit line
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This extremely rare type of huipil is now extinct. It was woven using a complex technique known as weft-wrap openwork. To create openings in the cloth, weft (horizontal) threads are laboriously wrapped around select warp (vertical) threads. According to researchers who observed the technique in the 1940s, it could take as long as four months to complete a single panel.

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