Santa Catarina Palopo Smaller Woman's Huipil --- Monochromatic blue butterflies, peacocks, queztals, tree of life and other design patterns brocaded on a contrasting black base. It's a very striking new style. Girls and younger women in Santa Catarina Palopo started weaving and wearing this new style of huipil five to ten years ago.. The huipil has 3 panels and is woven on a backstrap loom. Like most Santa Catarina Palopo huipils the thread is a synthetic. The armholes are nicely finished with an unusual brocade or crocheted stitch.
Purchased from Catarina in 2016. She told me she wove it (probably for her oldest daughter).
Condition: Good used condition. The huipil shows light wear and a few loose threads. Sides seams are sewn closed (could be easily opened). The bottom of the panels have short fringe. As with many Santa Catarina Palopo huipils, there is some uneveness to the length of the panels. It could be hemmed to a even length, if desired.
Width: 28 inches
Length: 23 inches
Neck: 8 inches wide by 3 inches deep. Fits over my 22" head.
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
* Remember the huipil's width should be at least 1.5 to 2 times your shoulders width, to allow for fitting your frame and to cover part of your upper arms.