by Eli Olmedo

What is Huipil?

Posted on July 28, 2015

Known for its fascinating patterns and vibrant colors, a Huipil (pronounced wee-peel) is an embroidered blouse worn by indigenous women in Guatemala. Handwoven on back-strap looms using timeless techniques passed down for generations, a single garment can take anywhere from one to six months to complete, but the end result is a one-of-a-kind work of art.

 A sampling of a variety of Huipiles:

The weave or design of each Huipil holds great cultural significance and sacred meaning as each region, town, and village possesses its own style and pattern. A woman’s traje (traditional dress) defines not only her personality and geographical location but also her marital, social, wealth, and religious status. These patterns and meanings have held true throughout the years, dating back to the ancient Mayan civilizations.

To complete the traje, they often combine Huipil with a corte, a traditional, long Mayan skirt, which they weave on a hand loom. To secure the corte, they wear a faja (belt). Generally handwoven and embroidered, a faja can range anywhere from 6 to 9 feet long and vary in complexity. In order to make a Huipil, Mayan women start with raw wool or cotton, which they wash, comb, and spin. They stretch the threads on a warping board that they attach to a loom. To attain the elaborate designs they weave colored yarn into the cloth as they weave through a process known as brocade. Many women use natural dyes (flowers, plants, bark, berries, etc.) to color their threads.

EverMaya repurposes its Huipiles and blends them with the highest quality materials in making its handbags, thus breathing new life into the beautiful fabrics to create stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces that also promote ecological sustainability.


Our Huipiles are integrated with premium leathers and exquisite design accents.This seamless fusion of Mayan tradition with modern design creates an innovative category of luxury for a new generation of women. 





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