I have had the most amazing summer out in the country…. farmers markets, auctions, flea markets and tiny antique stores in the middle of nowhere. Two weeks ago I stumbled upon a gold mine at an auction in southeast indiana. Who knew that in the middle of miles of cornfields in a 3 story 1800’s farmhouse I would find an amazing collection of gorgeous south american and mexican textiles including this group of huipils! I still feel bad about viciously out bidding the lady next to me – sorry but they were going to be MINE!
Here is some background info straight from Wikipedia so you know what you are drooling over…..
Huipil [ˈwipil] (from the Nahuatl word huīpīlli [wiːˈpiːlːi]) is the most common traditional garment worn by indigenous women from central Mexico to Central America. It is a loose-fitting tunic, generally made from two or three rectangular pieces of fabric which are then joined together with stitching, ribbons or fabric strips, with an opening for the head and, if the sides are sewn, openings for the arms. Traditional huipils, especially ceremonial ones, are usually made with fabric woven on a backstrap loom and are heavily decorated with designs woven into the fabric, embroidery, ribbons, lace and more.