Guatemala, Concepcion Poou Coy Tharin, Blue on White Caftan Top/Long Huipil with Hummingbird Design
Product name: Blue on White Caftan Top/Long Huipil with Hummingbird design
Type of product: Long blouse or top, Mayan back-strap woven textile
Description (story of the item):This is a translucent caftan or extra long huipil or blouse made from two panels woven on a back-strap loom in the traditional pikb'il style of my ancestors. I wove it at my home in Tarpon Springs, FL, USA. It is a blue on white cotton weave. The fine 100% cotton thread I use I have only been able to find in my home region of Guatemala due to the scarcity of weavers who weave in this tradition and the painstaking process of soaking the thread in a corn starch before setting up the loom to keep the fine threads from breaking. This huipil features an intricate design and patterns passed down through generations. These delicate patterns are created through a painstaking process known as a pik’bil of creating a raised design in the fabric by carefully lifting interweaving the threads in the desired shapes. The patterns here are tobacco plants with hummingbirds based on the myth of the god of the
sun who transformed himself into the bird to come and watch the goddess of the moon weaving outside her house. It's very soft to wear it, easy to put it on, you can wear anywhere. You can wear it as a dress or on top of your skirt or jeans. I wear mine all the time and I love them. Wash by hand, iron if needed. It took a month for me to weave. This is an original and one of a kind piece.
Materials: 100% cotton thread
Width: 78 cm
Length: 107 cm