Woman´s outfit from Yalálag

China poblana


Ethnic Group: Zapoteco

Donated by Ángeles López-Portillo de Stiteler

Huipil, ca. 1980

Woven on backstrap loom in white cotton and hand embroidered with geometric strips of different colors at the seams. Braids of embroidered silk with long fringed edges come from prehispanic times. 2018.12.a

Tlacoyal, ca. 1980

Tlacoyal made with woolen yarn gathered into thick bundles, encircled to crown the head, and tied and sewn together. 2018.12.b

Wrap skirt, ca. 1980

Two strips of striped fabric in tan and ivory, woven on a backstrap loom and hand joined. 2018.12.d

CHAT: Much of the clothing that is worn today by ethnic groups within Mexico continues to be connected with the pre-Spanish occupation civilizations of Mexico. In women´s clothing, pre-hispanic styles include the huipil, wrap around skirt, and rodete which are shown here, and the quechquemitl that is also in the collection from Acaxochitlan, Hidalgo. The old images shown here come from a funeral urn of a noble Zapotec from the Valley of Oaxaca, 200 BCE-800 CE (below center); of the Florentine Codex of the mid and late 1500s (bottom left), and the Codex Zouche-Nuttall, ca. 1400 (bottom right). Centuries later, these indigenous costumes are examples of the continuity of tradition in the contemporary world.

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