Woman´s outfit from Jamiltepec

China poblana


Ethnic Group: Mixteca

Huipil, 2017

Handwoven huipil of three pieces with white cotton thread and intermittent rows of designs in blue thread, joined by hand with blue satin ribbon. The neck and shoulder area is embroidered in geometric designs by hand in a variety of different colors, most likely with synthetic yarns. 2018.35.a

Wrap Skirt, 2017

Handwoven wrap skirt in two pieces of white and brocade at the edges in a variety of different colors and designs. 2018.35.b

Apron, 2017

Machine stitched apron of industrial rough cotton. 2018.35.c

Belt, 2017

Handwoven on a backstrap loom 2018.35.d

Malacates (Spindles), 2017

Small wooden spindles, painted yellow with stripes of different colors. 2018.35.e

This woman's costume is from the Mixtec ethnic group located in Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, and is made up of various components in cotton and in an old style, made on a backstrap loom with brocade elements of geometric shapes and embroidered details at the neckline. The skirt is woven in two pieces on the waist loom. Originally, the woman would have been naked from the waist and her huipil would cover her like a shaw. Due to cultural changes, they now encourage the use of an apron made from raw cotton for covering the woman’s chest. There is a woven belt to hold up the skirt. And finally, the small spindles that are made of wood and painted in various colors are vestiges of the history of this community's past as a center for the production of spindles.

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