In Guatemala, the Huipil is a garment, which represents the history and traditions of the indigenous, these are made with colorful designs, colors, and themes that show the identity of the Guatemalan indigenous, this is why each Huipil is unique and to understand it is necessary to have a wide knowledge of the history and actuality of the Mayans.

Originally, the Huipil was used only ceremonially, afterward; it began to be used more commonly in all branches of society, as indicated by archaeological findings and research.

The design of each Huipil holds cultural and sacred meaning as each town, and village possesses its own style and pattern, so to understand this meaning you must know about the Mayans’ life.

The huipil is made from two to three months, and are made by hand although today there are machines that help to do this work in an easier way, and with different techniques. It is usually made with two or three canvases (according to the tradition of each municipality or village). The materials that were used in the elaboration of the huipiles were the henequen and the cotton, in the Mayan time; and then during conquest wool and silk were used, but now synthetic fiber is usually used.

Many companies nowadays repurpose the huipiles and blend them with the making of handbags, belts, blouses, etc. bringing a new purpose to these beautiful fabrics and creating stunning masterpieces.

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