#750 Nahualá-1699Nahualá

Stunning purple design huipil from the Nahualá region of Guatemala. This elegant huipil measures 30″ across the shoulders, 26″ – 28″ from the neckline to the bottom edges (folded). The front and back panels vary in length. The collar is an opening between the panels in both front and back and measures 10 1/2″ in total length. The sides have been stitched, creating arm holes for wearing.

 This huipil is a rich purple woven design with accents in black, blue, green, pink and red. There is a faint purple hue to the background design. There is some bleed of the purple color onto the white background 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.

The pattern is primarily geomorphic designs with quetzales across the shoulders and mayan stars across the chest. This is a very striking piece extremely representative of this region.

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This huipil is in very good used condition with perhaps a few loose threads. There are numerous stains in mostly pink and purple that may have come from this textile or another washed with it. It blends in nicely with the colors of this textile, but are more pronounced than the standard ‘color run’. This is a stunning textile, perfect for wear or for display!



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