Stars and Men 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. Each Q'eqchi' design has special meanings. Aside from landscape, plant, and animal designs, elements like the star are symbolically significant. The star is considered to reference the uniqueness each person possesses at birth.
MEASUREMENTS 84 cm W x 65 cm L
TECHNIQUE / DETAILS Backstrap loom weaving with embroidery between the panels and along borders
MATERIALS Cotton Gauze, White with designs in black
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.