What is a "Huipil"?

Posted by Brenda Marmolejo on

“Huipil” (pronounced wee-peel) is the traditional blouse worn by indigenous women in Mexico and Central America.

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The Huipiles are square-cut blouses, hand-woven on traditional looms and decorated with fascinating embroidered designs and vibrant colors. Some of these designs have special meanings, like the “velas,” as known on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, which are much elaborated Hupiles usually reserved for weddings or funerals. Huipiles are commonly made from cotton, although in some regions, velvet is also used for special occasions.

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Every ethnicity has their own style and their own techniques of creating fabrics and decoration, but in most regions the designs have change over time as a result of the mix of indigenous traditions and Western fashion trends, combining pre-Columbian Aztec elements, European styles and weaving techniques that have passed on from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

The Huipiles that we carry in Osadia come from the southeastern Mexican state of Oaxaca and they are handmade by indigenous artisans. Every piece is truly a unique, one-of-a-kind product that takes about 60 days to weave. You will love these garments for their high level of comfort but also for their beautiful colors and style and at the same time, you will be helping to create job opportunities for impoverished indigenous families in Mexico.

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