These blouses, called huipiles, because of the shape, are iconic of Oaxaca. This one is in excellent vintage condition. It is most likely 30 years old or more but it seems to be unworn. There is some wear where the fold has been in the middle.
Tehuana huipiles of this quality of material and craftsmanship are getting very rare.
This one would fit a 6 to 9 year old, I think. The model is a petite 8 year old.
Currently this one has these measurements: Chest approx 18.5" Length approx 16"
Both sides are embroidered with the same pattern.
The last trip to Oaxaca and the Istmo where these are made turned up very few of these old hand embroidered huipiles. I had known that they were hard to come by but not realized how nearly impossible they are to find now. So, this may be it! They are treasures.
If you are interested google Tehuana culture as it is fascinating. A matriarchal society where the feminine ideal is a strong woman of some girth! It is common in the istmo of Mexico to see these huipiles worn proudly displaying a big beautiful belly beneath.
For more great huipils and tops from around the world check out the tops section of our shop!
This is a perfectly wonderful handmade textile from Madagascar. Soft hand-spun, hand-dyed and handwoven raw silk textiles produced from silkworm pods raised on a small scale by the artisans. Spectacular colors and wonderful drape. These make great wraps. They work well as big scarf or hood I have several of these and each is slightly different so check out this section of my shop for more, to compare.
This is a wonderful ceremonial Churrancho huipil. This one was hand woven on a backstrap loom in two well matched cotton base panels that are joined by hand embroidered decorative seams. The surface decoration is supplementary brocade featuring various zoomorphic motifs. Circa 1980.
This is a ceremonial huipil with a wonderful feel and drape.
This huipil is in excellent condition apart from the a couple of light yellow spots. I have not tried to remove these.
38 in wide x 29 in length
These are great year round. In the winter I wear them over a light sweater and they are cozy.
For more great huipils and tops from around the world check out our other listings.