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huipil (blouse)
  • Mexico
  • huipil (blouse), late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • cotton, ribbon, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 58 x 88.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 22 13/16 x 34 13/16 in
  • Gift of Bruce Merwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6769

The very boxy top is made from unbleached cotton cloth and is heavily embroidered. The blouse is made from two panels, with a seam down the center front and back. The armholes have light blue edging at the top of either side, though there is no side seam. A portion of the center seam is left open and edged in light blue ribbon for a neckhole. There is a wide band of embroidery across the middle front and back consisting of purple and red-purple zigzag with green in the space around. There is a purple diamond net-like design above and below with pink detail and rows of purple diamond outlines at regular intervals with the occasional pink diamond. Purple dots cover the remainder. There is a dark blue band at the bottom.