GUIPILES (HUIPIL)

GUIPILES  (HUIPIL)
The Mayan blouse is called a huipil or gipil, or in on the more common Mayan languages Kaqchikel it is called a pot. A huipil is generally woven by hand on a backstrap loom in 2 pieces. The woman weaver generally spends several hours a day seated on her knees weaving the panels to make the huipil. This work can take up to 6 months for one huipil. Traveling from town to town, one can witness the change in regions by the patterned designs and styles of the Guipiles and skirts. Each one is representative of an area or town. Even the men in some areas have traditional clothing that includes special hats or knee-length pants decorated with birds.
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