This a hand-embroidered huipil made on black velvet. Takes months to finish embroidering on a loom. Much more expensive than daily wear, often beyond the possibilities of working class women. This is for fiestas. Worn with a skirt of velvet with the same design. The trajes (ensembles) of the Istmeñas include the huipil, skirt, petticoats, and other details and can be very expensive running from $100 to thousands of dollars.
Huipil from the collection of Dr. Karen Tice. Photo taken by the University of Kentucky Libraries.
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