Coffee Beans, Tobacco and Hummingbirds Full-Length Huipil by Amalia Gue de Teni, Ixbalamke (Guatemala)
Traditional hand-woven cotton gauze huipil. The three-panel huipil isn't a traditionally long textile. This calf-length two-panel design is another innovation of the Ixbalamke weavers responding to the interests of new audiences and clients.
The textile is made in the Maya Q'eqchi' village of Samac in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Samac is located on a coffee farm near Coban, Guatemala. The community settled there after the internal conflict and began to develop a coffee cooperative as well as the weaving cooperative of Ixbalamque. The traditional three-panel huipil has been reinterpreted as a more petite two-panel blouse which works well with jeans or a skirt for a more everyday look. The fitted huipil emerged from a long-term colllaboration with Guatemalan deisgner Olga Reiche to appeal to a new emerging audience for Q'eqchi' weavings at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market since 2012. The tobacco and hummingbird design refernces a Q'eqchi' origin story about the sun, Junaipú, and the moon, Ixbalamke. Through a series of events, Junaipú tried to get closer to Ixbalamke and turned into a hummingbird that sat on top of a tobacco plant in order to see her close up. In Q'eqchi communities, boyfriends and girlfriends are jokingly called Junaipú and Ixbalamke to this day.
MEASUREMENTS 71.5 cm W x 122 cm L
TECHNIQUE / DETAILS Backstrap loom weaving with embroidery between the panels and along borders
MATERIALS Undyed cotton gauze with indigo-dyed designs
SIZE Small to medium. A more fitted design.
Each piece takes 5-6 weeks to make.
Ready to dispatch 6 weeks after purchase.