What is a Huipil?

Oct 13, 2012

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The most fascinating patterns and colors are produced when Maya artisans create their Huipiles. A Huipil (pronounced wee-peel) is the embroidered blouse worn by indigenous women in Guatemala. They pair their Huipil with a traditional long fabric skirt. Their skirts are made from large pieces of tela or fabric that they tie around their waste and secure with a wrapped belt.

Every region, town and village in Guatemala can be defined by their unique Huipil. Each Huipil pattern is geographically specific and hand-woven on a back-strap loom. Huipiles are still widely worn by Mayans in Guatemala; however, they are also being sold as centerpieces, chair adornments and reused to create bags and accessories.

For example: Hiptipico's Geo Purse was made from a Huipil from Nahuala, Guatemala.

A Hiptipico Huipil Centerpiece $50:

Hiptipico is able to source new and used Huipiles from local artisans around Lake Atitlan. To custom order any design or pattern for your next bag or to decorate your home email us custom@hiptipico.com

Add some Maya flair to your life with culturally respectful and traditional items from Hiptipico's 0nline boutique.

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