The word Huipil is actually a Nahuatl word, hailing from the single largest language group of Mexico. Interestingly, almost all indigenous places in Mexico and Guatemala are Nahuatl words - even in areas where the mighty Toltecs never stepped.
A traditional huipil from Guatemala is made from two pieces, with the most authentic pieces woven on back strap looms. Other huipils are sewn from cotton and then elaborately embroidered by hand.
This elaborate piece comes from Santa Maria Nebaj in Guatemala's Highlands. It has been woven on a back strap loom, and is comprised of two pieces. The technique used to create a piece like this includes a mixture of weaving and embroidery.
The enchanting designs employed by Maya artists from this village include Quetzales, Owls, Burrows and Eagles, among other creatures. Highly coveted, this particular piece is exquisite in the way the designs match in the center where they are joined. This piece has full embroidery on the front and back.
This Huipil is open on the sides, but could be stitched together or repurposed into an elegant dress.