These blouses, called huipiles, because of the shape, are iconic of Oaxaca. The vast majority now are machine embroidered and do not compare to the one in this listing. These bring to mind the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Too lush and magical to be believed. This one is in very good vintage condition considering the age. There are some small points of wear on the velvet but it is in excellent shape. Such a gorgeous floral motif on the traditional soft velvet that is no longer used.
This is one of the most beautful pieces that I have come across.
Make lovely wall hangings.
Both sides are embroidered with the same pattern.
These make wonderful wall hangings and I would be happy to provide a hanging dowel for them upon request.
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!