The ideal piece for change of seasons layering or hot summer days, this exquisite blouse brings the best of nature to the table. In order to create this piece, cotton is gathered and sorted by hand, and is later beaten with a wooden stick on a mat of banana leaves to better separate the material. After this, it’s spun on traditional drop spindle by a group of abuelitas. The piece is then carefully woven on a backstrap loom, and finished with pretty seams and crocheted detailing. In total, this piece takes over two months to produce, end to end.
This incredibly talented cooperative of 25 women collaborate on custom orders, as well as their own designs. The older women in the group, known as the ‘abuelitas’ – or the grandmothers in Spanish – cover the sorting and spinning of the cotton, while the weaving, marketing and sales are done by other members of this democratic group. Purchase of this piece helps to provide a positive stream of income to this savvy group of women who reside in a region of Southern Mexico that was greatly affected by the recent earthquakes.
One size fits many. Given the nature of handmade, sizes, designs and hues may vary slightly from the featured product image. As this piece is made on backstrap loom and is an open weave piece that is washed and pre-shrunk, it is impossible to maintain exact sizing. Given this, we currently have exactly two piece in stock in the following sizes: one piece at approximately 75cm wide x 80cm long and one piece at approximately 75cm wide x 85cm long.
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.
All listed prices are in USD and do not include shipping. The price is for a single huipil. Given the nature of handmade, sizes, designs and hues may vary slightly from the featured product image.
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