Huipil or blouse
San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango
Mayan language : chuj
Year created: 1970
Traveling collection: CITI-00078

Because the highland weather in San Mateo is very cold and windy, women make their huipiles using two or more layers of cloth, usually a new one placed over an old huipil, in order to protect themselves better. This piece shows geometric designs on almost the entire huipil, and birds and flowers at the bottom. These San Mateo huipiles are usually large and very heavy!