653 Nahuala-1079Nahualá

Wonderfully detailed huipil from the Nahualá region of Guatemala. This stunning huipil measures 32″ across the shoulders, 30″ – 32″ from the neckline to the bottom edges (folded). The panels are not even.  The collar is an opening between the panels in both front and back and measures 9 1/2″ in length. (fits over average adult head). The sides have been stitched, creating arm holes for wearing.

 This all cotton older huipil is striking with its detailed woven design in red with accents in blue and green. The pattern is geomorphic designs of large eagles across the chest and back and and small lions and deer across the shoulders. There is bleeding of the red color onto the light background cotton fabric, which is a desirable trait in the huipiles of this region. The technique is to intentionally let the color of the threads run onto the base fabric. It is said that this dates back to the use of expensive silk threads on the huipiles, which would lose some of the color and run, causing this stunning effect.

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This beautiful huipil is in good used vintage condition with perhaps a few loose threads.  There are some stains on the lower section but the running of the red color throughout makes them less obvious. This is a fantastic textile perfect for wear or for display!



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