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    Huipil made of cloth (?silk?), thread.
    a delicate huipil embroidered on fine white figured material (commercial yardage). The neck is embroidered with satin stitch to a depth of 4cm, in strong colours, including dark blue and black, reminiscent of the intensity of colour in a stained glass window. Sprays of flowers are embroidered on each shoulder (in shaded, stranded, embroidery cottons). Under these, across the chest, there are lines of machine embroidery, flowered commercial ribbons, and rick-rack. A wide band of blue lace, with peaks along its lower edge, is attached to the hem.


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    • Width: 64 centimetres
    • Length: 39 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Machine embroidery from Aguacatán is illustrated in Deuss 1981, 29. A wide band of blue lace, with peaks along its lower edge, is attached to the hem. It is possible that this is carried over from an earlier style. O’Neale (1945, 250) writes that the ‘Eisen Collection contains [a] huipil identical with those worn in 1936; made of commercial muslin 25 inches wide ... bottom cut in points’. See illustration in Schevill (1993, 105).


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    • Hecht 2001 p.8 bibliographic details
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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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