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Huipil

Native NameHuipil
Object Number:61-10-14
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Guatemalan
Mam
Provenience: Guatemala
Department of San Marcos
San Pedro Sacatepequez
Culture Area: Central American
Section:American
Materials:Cotton
Silk
Length: 176.5 cm
Width: 93.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Raymond T. Parrot, 1961

Description

Plain weave white cotton. Two warp and two wefts. At one end, have horizontal stripe of about 5 picks where weft goes over three and under 2 warps and again. About 6 cm up the piece, the same pattern is repeated for about 9 picks. About 40 cm from either end embroidery begins in purple, and red cotton and in yellow and turquoise silk. Motif: flower, leaf, diamond, turquoise, peacock, "s" tree llama (?). General pattern is geometric or abstract. White with brocaded designs on center 2/4 of cloth. The center panel is solidly covered with gold and purple geometric designs. There are a few red and turquoise highlights. Design elements are done in cotton and silk.divided lengthwise into three panels, each panel in turn divided by four red bands into dark blue bands by narrow red green purple and orange stripes, blue bands have white geometric designs, reversible weave, ikat warp, fringe made of cotton threads knotted into a pattern, tassels.

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 36 epi, 2 singles, Z twist, white cotton. Weft: 30 ppi, 2 singles, Z twist, white cotton. Plain weave (balanced). Supplemental weft - two faced. 1 panel - 2 selvedges. Made on a tredle loom."

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