Humble Huipile


I weave in the freeform ‘Saori’ style, which allows weavers to express themselves. Each piece of fabric made is completely unique and a work of art…well, back in the depths of last year, I was weaving away at a length of fabric in shades of grey, black and brown with hints of blue and yellow thrown in to liven it up a bit…but when I finished it, I was unsure what to do with it.

Well, that particular problem was solved this week when I sat down, cut it up and sewed it into a top:






I am pleased with how it turned out…even more so when my good friend, Naomi, said that it reminded her of a ‘huipile’. At first I had to look up what she was on about, and when I read that they are a traditional South American garment comprising a square cut blouse that is hand woven and heavily decorated with embroidery,  I was thrilled with the comparison.

However, the comparison has left me with a dilemma! The fact that the original ones are woven and then embroidered has got me thinking that maybe I should weave another piece of fabric, turn it into a top and then embroider it……I am quite excited about the prospect of doing that 🙂


3 thoughts on “Humble Huipile

  1. How beautiful!

    A year ago, I broke my vow to never cut or use a sewing machine on my handwoven fabric, I had a piece of upholstery fabric lying on our chair futon. When we moved the chair from a bedroom to our living room, I felt the need to cover it properly, so I used scissors and my sewing machine to do the job. Next thing I knew, I was taking fabrics that I wove out of their corners in back cabinets, and draping them on my dress form.

    I, too, made a huipil a few months ago, using a sample that didn’t turn out how I wanted, but it worked great for an unadorned top.

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      1. The first time that I did it was under the direction of a weaver who I was working for, decades ago. I felt so uncomfortable cutting the neckline of the cape that I was weaving, and that was when I made my vow. It just felt wrong; it felt disrespectful of the fabric, and maybe even disrespectful of the craft of handweaving.

        I am now committed to weaving fabrics that look forward to being cut and shaped into something 🙂

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