Huipiles from the Oaxaca Valley

Straight from Julia’s personal collection, these are masterpieces of handwoven and stitched wearable textiles.  Huipiles are the most common traditional garment worn by indigenous women from central Mexico to Central America.  Ceremonial huipiles, like the one pictured here, are loose-fitting tunics made with fabric woven on a backstrap loom and ornately decorated with designs, beautiful embroidery,  ribbons and lace.  This stunning piece features inlaid embroidery with large  stitches in green, yellow, blue, black, pink, and purple at the seams.  The piece is large, but made for a small person (the head and arm openings are not very large). It is an older piece, and costs $350.