Quite possibly the most iconic piece of clothing in Mexico, the huipil is simultaneously high fashion, every day wear, and a revered garment that is used locally in ceremonial events. Various communities throughout Mexico maintain their own signature designs, as they have since pre-Hispanic times. Our custom piece is woven by hand on a traditional backstrap loom using a mix of white cotton and handspun organic coyuchi in natural dark camel. It is then assembled by hand on the sides and neck with handspun coyuchi thread. This exquisite piece is lightweight, great for layering, and showcases three simple stripes of coyuchi, along with a delicate twist design for the horizontal stripes.
Our master weaving artisan purely works with cotton on a traditional backstrap loom. This region of Southern Mexico produces the increasingly rare coyuchi cotton, which is an organic cotton that grows in natural hues of camel, green and white. The cotton is harvested by hand and spun on a wooden drop spindle, which is known locally as a malacate. The artisans in this community also hand dye cotton with sea snails, in order to produce a delicate tone of lavender pink. As our Moderno huipils are time-consuming to make, they will only be available in small, slow made batches.
One size fits many. Given the nature of handmade, sizes, designs and hues may vary slightly from the featured product image.
Approximately 61cm (24”) wide, 84cm (33”) long, v-neck 17cm (6 ½“) wide and 17cm (6 ½“) long on both sides
While this piece is washed and pre-shrunk, we recommend dry cleaning this piece, in order to maintain the integrity of the finishes. It may be hand washed in cold water with mild soap. No bleach, no wringing, no washing machine and no dryer – for risk of damaging the handwoven textile. Lay flat to dry and warm iron with protective layer overtop. Though this piece has been washed, hand washing may result in slight shrinkage.
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