Woman´s everyday outfit from Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas

China poblana


Ethnic Group: Tseltal Maya

Huipil, 2017

Made by Alberta Díaz León. Huipil of industrial white cotton embroidered by hand with synthetic yarn and machine sewn overtop. 2018.4.a

Skirt, 2017

Cotton fabric, possibly hand woven on a pedal loom. 2018.4.b

Belt, 2017

Handwoven belt on a backstrap loom of synthetic red wool with double warp. 2018.4.c

Sisters-in-law Nicolasa Pérez Gómez (left) and Alberta Díaz León (right) show the two styles of dress in Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas. Nicolasa’s dress is very much of European styling with a blouse of fine machine-embroidered flowers and lace trim, a short pleated skirt, and a magenta satin apron. Alberta’s outfit is a huipil with bold red and yellow stripes. The textile for the skirt and the sash woven on a backstrap loom are sold by men who visit from San Cristobal de las Casas.
Photography by MUREM, 2017

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