Two-panel huipil; full brocade in horizontal geometric patterns; supplementary weft patterning on sholders; Magenta ground cloth with patterning in many colors; design of flowers fruit, birds, and foliage in blue, rose, yellow and black; blue velvet edges the neckline and armholes. Textile - Woven Fabirc

Blouse (huipil), c. 1980

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The highly skilled weavers of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala, produce some of the finest, most complex, and most famous textiles in the region. They are known for their double-faced weaving technique, which produces identical patterns on both sides of the fabric. You can see this double-sided effect on the baby’s cap (6) and the woman’s ceremonial tzute, or woven cloth (3). In this selection of weavings, you can find patterns that feature a combination of geometric, floral, and animal imagery. You can also see the influence of needlepoint and counted cross-stitch patterns that were brought to Guatemala from Spain in objects 1 and 2.

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Title
Blouse (huipil)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2002.280.48
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Two-panel huipil; full brocade in horizontal geometric patterns; supplementary weft patterning on sholders; Magenta ground cloth with patterning in many colors; design of flowers fruit, birds, and foliage in blue, rose, yellow and black; blue velvet edges the neckline and armholes. Textile - Woven Fabirc