This is going to be my travel year, or, I hope it is going to be my travel year. With everything that is happening in the USA what the year will bring is very uncertain and I, like many others, watch unfolding events there with dismay. If sane heads prevail, my plans for the year are , Sydney in June to see my family, then onto Japan in August, followed by Huston USA in Oct./Nov for the International Quilt Festival. Then on to Guatemala in South America.
You might ask why Guatemala? Well friend Pam is taking a group there and I plan to join them. I had been tossing the idea around for a while and then I received this wonderful gift from her.
This is a 'Huipil ' which comes from Guatemala. It is a vintage piece from the highlands around Lake Atitlan. The Mayan women usually wear their traje (traditional dress), which consists of a huipol (blouse), corte, (skirt) and Faja (belt). These designs date back to before the Spanish Invasion. in the 1600's.
I am surprised by just how heavy the fabric is. The blouse is made of two pieces of fabric, woven on a back strap loom and then joined with embroidery across the centre to achieve the width needed to make a garment.
The embroidery design in then transferred onto the fabric and stitched.
Back of stitching. You can see how the neck has been scalloped and then faced.
Front of stitching.
Close up of stitching.
I love this piece and would also like to buy one with the bird embroidery on it.
You can see lots of other examples here.