Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles

Recent Huipíl (Blouse) from Santiago Atitlán



Recent Huipíl (Blouse) from Santiago Atitlán

Catalogue Entry

This is the later example of a pair of Maya women’s blouses from the town of Santiago Atitlán (see the earlier 20th century example). Like style the modern world over, among the Maya in Guatemala changes in style occur from one year or one decade to the next. Santiago Atitlán is no exception. This huipíl has moved from an angular rendition of birds to a very naturalistic rendering of birds and flowers, a trend in the last few decades of Maya ceremonial clothing.

Geographic Area

Central America, Guatemala, Santiago Atitlán


Kakchikel Maya


Late 20th century


Cotton, acrylic fiber

Credit Line

Lent by Anne Sayre

Accession Number


Photo Credit

Photo by Michael McKelvey

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