Colotenango daily huipil.

“The [Colotenango] huipil is short, relatively wide and is worn hanging loose outside the corte. The brocade often includes small, multi-colored diamonds or squares woven in a soumak technique” utilizing wrapped warp threads. (Centro de Textiles Tradicionales Nim Po’t.)

This huipil was hand woven on a back strap loom in three cotton/rayon blend warp-striped panels joined by hand embroidered decorative seams. This base fabric blend is called "aleman" and is prized for its softness and drape. The base panels are decorated with supplementary brocade in typical Colotenango geometric designs, very finely done. The center panel is wider and more heavily decorated. The head and arm openings are trimmed with multicolored hand embroidery. This classic example is in excellent condition. It was acquired from Sra. Gladys Mendez at the Mercado des Artesanos in Antigua Guatemala. W 86 x L 51 cm. (18-95) $ 150. OBO