Friday, June 22, 2012

Guatemalan Huipiles

Images by Josh Ballinger and Jessica Bercovici 
Above Image by Edgar Guzman

Weaving in Mayan culture was, and still is in many parts, an important part of daily life. The traditional blouses worn by the women, called huipils, consist of intricately woven patterns on a large piece of cloth with a hole in it for the head to go through. Each town has its own unique style, which is customized by individuals to represent their own artistic abilities. Today, in addition to the daily wearing of the garments by local women, the textiles are eagerly sought after by tourists and can provide a source of income for the Mayan women who make them. It is not unusual to see a woman weaving an elaborate textiles the porch of their house. Reportedly, a single huipil can take several weeks to complete. Its labour intensive process a source of pride for the manufacturer. The above selections are from Todos Santos Cuchumatan, as well as a couple of our own Stela 9 bags that are handmade with huipiles from Santa Maria de Jesus, Nahuala and Santa Caterina Ixtahuacan . 

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