440 Santiago Chimaltenango-0245Santiago Chimaltenango

Striking blousa huipil from the area of Santiago Chimaltenango. This unique blouse style huipil is generally worn only in two areas of Guatemala. It is beautifully woven with stripes throughout the bodice with elaborate mayan geomorphic figures weaving across the chest, back, shoulders and sleeves. Simple open collar. This blouse-style with added sleeves is common for the areas of Santiago Chimaltenango and Sololá.

This huipil measures 23 1/2″ across the shoulders (not including the length of the sleeves), 20″ – 23″ from the shoulders to the bottom hem (front is longer than the back), and the neck opening is a trimmed collar that measures 21″ in total circumference including a slit down the front that measures 5 1/2″ in length. The sleeves each measure 9 1/2″ in length.

This huipil is accented with acrylic blend thread designs on a woven deep burgundy cotton blend background fabric. The accents are in a variety of pastel hued colors and are intriguing with designs of frogs, scorpions, ants, turkeys, wolves, peacocks, and horses. Some of these designs are not often found in huipiles. The background fabric is woven with horizontal rows of tied accents, creating an almost gauze style. This huipil also has a matching corte (skirt) and faja (belt) that creates a complete traje (outfit). There are detailed geomorphic figures of birds and flowers on the front and raised weaving featured below the collar.

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This huipil is in good used condition. The is little sign of wear, mainly a few loose threads and some minor wear around the collar. A very interesting textile!



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