From: Guatemala | Department of San Marcos | San Pedro Sacatepequez

Curatorial Section: American

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Native Name Huipil
Object Number 61-10-12
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Guatemalan | Mam
Provenience Guatemala | Department of San Marcos | San Pedro Sacatepequez
Culture Area Central American
Section American
Materials Cotton | Silk

Double warp and weft of white cotton plain weave. About 44 cm from either end navy blue yarn is introduced in place of the white weft. Therefore, the center of the cloth has a plain weave navy and white pattern. For about 5 cm from the point of introduction of the navy at both ends of weft there is embroidery with navy blue cotton yarn -- the figures are flowers, "z" zigzag, and other geometric designs. The entire navy and white woven sections is embroidered with silk yarn. Yellow is the dominant color in the form of zigzags and hexagone; with rows of fuchsia, orange, green, purple, and orange-yellow x-like motifs. In the center of the cloth, there is a stripe having various geometric designs in it, one of which is the diamond form. On either side of it, in yellow silk, there is a wave-like or zigzag design consisting in three complete zigzags and one incomplete one.

white cotton with a broad center field covered in brocaded geometric designs in silk, center panel predominately gold with purple orange and green figures, white at either end is separated from the center one by a narrow strip of blue figures on white.

As per Sigrid Meier, "Warp: 38 epi, 2 singles, Z twist, white cotton. Weft: 30 ppi, 2 singles, Z twist, white cotton. Plain weave (basket weave) Supplemental weft - two faced. 1 panel - 2 selvedges. Made on a threadle loom."

Length 170 cm
Width 94.2 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Raymond T. Parrot, 1961

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