Huipil made of cotton.
This is a handsome, white, three-panel huipil with brocading on central panel. The side panels are made from commercially woven twill material probably replacing the original.
The brocading is on a white ground, figures and birds are lined up with rows of supplementary weft above and below, but with no bands of coloured weft ground. The lines of supplementary weft stand out because of the regular intervals of the single, white, tie-down warps which appear always in the same place one above the other (more or less), producing fine white lines at right angles to the coloured ones.
An interesting design feature, is the way the profiles of two facing birds follow the same line as the silhouette of the figure (with her broad shoulders and narrow waist) who stands between them. Above and below this band are the usual chevrons, rhomboids, and triangles.
The colours used for the brocading are green/gold/dark blue/pink/blue/pale yellow/grey.
- Found/Acquired: Nebaj
- (Americas,Central America,Guatemala,Quiché,Nebaj)
- Width: 107 centimetres
- Length: 69 centimetres
This is a good example of Nebaj’s lacing technique. For two more examples somewhat similar, see Am1980,27.365 & 366.Register 1977:
White cotton blouse, made from six pieces with appliqué around the neck and multicoloured embroidered designs front and back. Some discolouration.
1982-1987 Jun-Jan, Museum of Mankind, Thunderbird and Lightning: Indian Life in North America, 1600-1900
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ESA25419
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