Lightweight and elegant, this example of textile mastery features a base of fine cotton that is naturally dyed with tree bark, along with traditional figures in indigo. Once the cotton threads are dyed, the piece is woven on a backstrap loom by a master artisan on the coast of Southern Mexico. The one-panel piece is then sewn by hand with organic thread. Beautiful for layering over jeans, a long skirt or bathing suit, this classic piece will be a wardrobe staple for years to come.
This small fishing village on the coast of Oaxaca is home to the the most incredible master weavers. This particular collective is comprised of multi-generations who have been weaving on backstrap loom since they were children. The goal of their creative work is to continue their cultural traditions – one that is in danger of fading away, as the younger generations leave their village to look for opportunities elsewhere. This particular piece too six weeks to create – end-to-end. Traditional motifs in this community are local flora and fauna, particular animals that come from the nearby sea.
Approximately 68cm wide x 75cm long, 21cm deep neck, and 22cm long arm holes. One size fits many.
We recommend dry cleaning this piece with a professional who is familiar with natural dyes, 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. Hand washing may result in shrinkage. When storing, keep the piece out of sunlight, in order to keep the colour from fading.
This price is for a single huipil as outlined. We only have this single piece in stock – this is a one-of-a-kind huipil. All noted prices are in USD and do not include shipping.
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