The huipil is the traditional garment worn by indigenous Guatemalan women of Mayan descent since pre-Hispanic times. The huipil represents several things: the geographical origin of the person, ethnic identity, weaving technics and hours dedicated into weaving each piece.
Weaving huipils and their skirt counterpart, the ‘corte’, is a craft, which is taught from one generation to the next. Women weave the huipils while men weave the cortes. It generally takes up to 3 months to weave one huipil, using either a foot loom or waist loom.
There is a great connection with nature, geography and the cosmos in the Mayan culture. The huipils will represent certain birds, flowers that grow in that area, or geometric shapes and decorative patterns.
Many styles have disappeared through time in different regions of Guatemala, due to the influence of Spanish culture and the small number of weavers that are left.
In other areas of the country, these traditions continue. Some of my favorite huipils come from San Juan Sacatepequez, Chichicastenango, Quiché, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sacatepéquez and Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango.
Each huipil is unique, a piece of art. It identifies the personal trademark of the weaver, her creativity and talent.
I’ve designed every Kolt piece to have some Guatemalan textile in it, so I can share with you this amazing fine Guatemalan art.