640 Xela-0607Quetzaltenango

Large purple pastel huipil with beautiful weaving and striking embroidered accents! It is from the Quetzaltenango region of Guatemala (Frequently referred to as Xela). This bright huipil measures 38″ across the shoulders, and 28″ from the neckline to the bottom edges (folded). The neck opening is round and measures 6″ in diameter (generous). The sides are stitched to create armholes.

This brightly colored huipil is accented around the collar with hand-guided, machine-done embroidery that features pink, purple and yellow flowers. The woven background is done in a rainbow of soft pastel colors with threads that have bled slightly to give the white background a soft purple color. The weaving features geomorphic figures of little people, corn plants, zigzag rivers, and mayan stars. Where the panels join in this three panel huipil, there is a colorful ‘randa’ of hand sewn seams. The neck and sleeve openings are trimmed in a soft velvet. This is a soft but very heavy huipil!

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This huipil is in great used condition, with little sign of wear, perhaps a few loose threads in the randa and a  very faint stain in the lower, white cotton section. A wonderfully colorful textile for wear or display!



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