Guatemalan Huipil - Pastel Colotenango


This is a very rare vintage pastel huipil from Colotenango.
A huipil is a traditional Mayan top, hand woven and embroidered, usually by the woman who is going to wear it or her family member. Typical to the heavily embroidered Colo designs, this top has Mayan symbols embroidered in rows over the front, back and shoulders of the textile, with stripes running down the sides. 
The cotton is medium weight, but very soft, falling beautifully.
There are a couple of faint discolouration marks on the plain striped sections on the sides. The close photo shows one such mark.

  • Size Medium
  • Across shoulders 30" 
  • From should to hem 24"
  • 100% Cotton
  • Sides open for the poncho look
  • Unlined to show the hand-crafted beauty

Cold hand wash separately. Dry flat. 

Only 1 piece in stock!

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Embroidered pillows are repurposed from vintage, hand woven and embroidered Guatemalan huipiles - a traditional blouse worn by indigenous women from central Mexico to Central America. They are made on a backstrap loom by artisans who embroider the intricate pattern as they simultaneously weave the base cloth.
Rich with ancient cultural significance, each region, town and village in Guatemala prides itself on designs and colors unique to them.This means every woman’s origin can be identified by her huipil regardless of where she travels. 

Woven pillows are repurposed from vintage, hand woven Guatemalan cortes - a traditional skirt which is a long rectangular piece of fabric wrapped around the waist and secured with a faja (wide embroidered belt). The seams in a corte are sometimes overlaid by an intricately embroidered randa. Where possible we try to preserve the randa in our corte pillows. 

Each hand-embroidered pillow, with its plush texture and exotic use of patterns, has been inspired by rich traditions from the Mayan culture and made using centuries-old techniques. Every one is an original and has a story attached to it. 

Please note 

* All pillow products are pillow cases only. Inserts are not included. 

* We highly recommend buying inserts 1” - 2” larger than the pillow case to achieve the plump look as shown in photos. Minimum 1” larger is necessary but any pillow dimension 14” or larger can accommodate an insert 2” larger.  

* No two pillow cases are ever exactly the same. The photos in this website are a very close representation of the pillow, but may not be identical to the one you receive. 

* These pillows are hand made from used textiles and as such sizes can vary slightly. We recommend purchasing inserts only after receiving your pillow cases. 

* Due to the handwoven and vintage nature of these products, small defects and signs of wear and tear, fading or ageing are not uncommon. We feel this only adds to the unique story behind each pillow.

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