April 16, 2011

⏈⏈⏈⏈ Huipiles ⏈⏈⏈⏈

Huipil is a woven blouse worn by indigenous Mayan women in regions of Guatemala and Mexico. They are generally made from one, two, or three panels of either a hand woven or machine woven textile. Different regional areas are differentiated by unique colors, patterns, and designs. My favorite are the huipiles from Chichicastenango Guatemala.
   Nebaj Guatemalan huipil
Tehuana Roses from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca where they are worn by local Zapotec women
    Huipil from Ixtatan
    Ceremonial huipil from Chichicastenango Guatemala
                    Zinacantan Poncho  

  Mazatec huipil from northern Oaxaca state
         Mixtec huipil 
Guatemalan huipil worn by Mayan women


  1. yes!! these are all soo good!! i was able to spend a few days in chici a few years ago, the market there is INSANE!! so many goodies it's overwhelming but in such a good way!

  2. i'm happy you made this post. in an attempt to replicate the gentle 3D effect of the flower designs, i did my own research years ago and came up with crewel embroidery. the detailed gradation and vibrancy of colours is so beautiful. if you think of them as 2D pieces, i think they're reminiscent of popular 70's art with the heavy outlines

  3. The flowers are beautiful, with the shading done with the embroidery. I am partial to the intricate geometric patterns. The two color weavings, the red and black and the gray and white are striking. I love, love how the Huipil have black cats in their weavings. Who is chasing the birds?? Thank you for the colors today.

  4. Wish I could go to that market! I love searching for these rainbow threads so thanks for visiting my blog! :)