Pacaya Palm Leaf Three-Panel Huipil by Amalia Gue de Teni, Ixbalamke (Guatemala)
Traditional hand-woven cotton gauze three-panel huipil.
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 Pacaya palm leaf is an important element in Q'eqchi' ceremonial life. The leaft is used as a decoration in various processions and ceremonies, by religious organizations called cofradias, as well as in festivals like Pabank.
MEASUREMENTS 82 cm W x 68 cm L
TECHNIQUE / DETAILS Backstrap loom weaving with embroidery between the panels and along borders
MATERIALS Cotton Gauze
SIZE One size fits all. Can be quite comfortably worn by women up to 3x.
Each piece takes 5 - 6 weeks to make.
Ready to dispatch 5 weeks after purchase.