Ceremonial huipil (with brocade), made of textile (cotton), cloth (cotton), thread.
The two warp-predominant, three-selvedge, white panels are joined by a narrow randa. The two-faced brocading almost covers the front: three rows of animals, with narrow bands dividing them, of what appear to be 'S's on their sides are worked in mauve and other bright acrylic [?] yarns.
The all-over brocaded area on the back of the huipil gives way to rows of free-standing animals on the white ground. The coloured diamonds within the animal shapes on both sides are very prominent.
An unusual feature, both front and back, is the way the wide inner selvedges (about 3cm in width) have been covered over with pointed twill brocading in blocks of colour. From a distance this could be mistaken for the randa (which in this case is exceptionally narrow, about 5mm in width).
The huipil has an open neck.
- Found/Acquired: Chuarrancho
- (Americas,Central America,Guatemala,Guatemala (department),Chuarrancho)
- Width: 102 centimetres
- Length: 53 centimetres
The workmanship is exceptional and, unusually, the written information with it gives the name of the weaver (Maria Pijilh) and year when it was woven (1950).
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ESA26867
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