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.
This piece is less busy than the others in our collection from this village. Instead, the animals have been created much larger, giving the piece a less-busy appearance. This huipil has been fully embroidered on the front and back.
This Huipil is open on the sides, but could be stitched together or repurposed into an elegant dress.