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Huipil

Native NameHuipil
Object Number:42-35-331
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Quiche
Provenience: Guatemala
Nahuala
Department of Solola
Culture Area: Central American
Section:American
Materials:Cotton
Silk
Length: 82.5 cm
Width: 100 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Lilly de Jongh Osborne, 1942
Other Number:259 - Other Number

Description

White cotton huipil of two pieces with very slight randa, neck slit. Two brocaded blocks with paper doll on each side of the upper front. Four little birds on front shoulders. Back has a large brocaded block on each side each with three rows of two birds. Design on blocks is red horizontal zigzags alternating with varigated green, yellow and red cotton. Middle has broad horizontal band of vertical stripes of red, green and white cotton and pale blue silk and birds and dolls in red, yellow, blue and green cotton, [A.P. Rowe, A Century of Change in Guatemalan Textiles, p 76]

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 54 epi, one ply, Z twist, two strand, white cotton. Weft: 18 ppi, one ply, Z twist, two strand, white cotton. Warp predominantly plain weave. Supplementary weft is two faced, continuous and discontinuous. Two panels, four selvedges each, T-shaped neck. Woven on a backstrap loom."

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