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women's huipil (shirt)
  • Tz'utujil peoples
  • women's huipil (shirt), late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala
  • cotton, wool yarn, weaving, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 72 x 69 cm
    Object Height/Width: 28 3/8 x 27 3/16 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6706

The boxy top is made of purple and white cloth. The front and back appear to be continuous, folded over at the top and stitched at the sides. It was woven in two pieces. There are no sleeves. The neck is edged in orange and dark red. The parallelograms are paired into "X" shapes on either shoulder in blue, orange, green, bright pink, light purple and brown. Six birds with long tail feathers are embroidered across the yoke in green, bright pink, purple, yellow, and dark blue. There is a row of zigzagging parallelograms below in brown, light purple, blue, orange, and green. The bottom of the decoration has vertical stems with six leaves. Each stem is done in a solid color: green, yellow, dark blue, bright pink, or blue. The back of the shirt has the same decoration.