Medium Vintage Todos Santos Huipil Bag with Xela Leather
This incredible Huipil is from Todos Santos, an indigenous village, nestled in a remote valley high in the Cuchumatán mountains, which border Mexico and Guatemala. This is a totally indigenous village, where no outsiders - even Guatemalans - are allowed to own land or live. Spanish is rarely spoken, with the Mayan dialect of Mam being the language of choice.
The weaving and embroidery from this scenic village are different in many ways to the rest of the country. Due to the high altitude and cold temperatures, the base cloth is woven extremely tightly , whilst the supplementary brocade is easiest described as cross stitch, resulting in an amazing barrier against the chilly winds. Also, the threads left inside the garment are long, giving the impression of a grassy multicoloured field. This gives an amazing insulating effect.
The neck and arm holes are trimmed with velvet, and the area around the collar are trimmed with tiny pieces of “rickrac”.
Measures: 13”H x 16” L
The interior is beautiful Corte (Traditional skirt worn by Mayan women.) with leather trimmed pockets and a zipper pocket.
Shoulder strap and backpack straps are included to make the bag convertible three ways.
The neckline of the huipil creates gorgeous pockets front and back.
A huipil is woven on a backstrap loom, which consists of 5-6 pieces of wood and a strap that goes around the weaver's waist, making her part of the loom.
Fully handmade by an artisan family in a small workshop in Chichicastenango, Guatemala which ensures good working conditions and a sustainable income.