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Blouse

Huipil

Native NameHuipil
Object Number:68-17-7
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Quiche
Provenience: Guatemala
Santo Tomas Chichicastenango
Department of Quiche
Culture Area: Central American
Section:American
Materials:Cotton
Silk
Length: 63 cm
Width: 94 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Josiah Marvel Jr., 1968

Description

For second class woman. White cotton. Six breadths sewn together with black thread. Upper portion brocaded with red cotton thread. Black silk applique around neck and in sunburst pattern and discs of black silk at each shoulder and on front and back. Additional design elements [spots, bird, lines] embroidered in purple, aqua, pink, blue and orange silk thread.

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 52, single ply, Z twist, 1 strand, white cotton. Weft: 23, single ply, Z twist, 2 strands, white cotton. Plain weave. 3 pieces joined, 4 selvedges. Made on a backstrap loom."

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