And the 99 Art Project continues!
Pictured above is a lovely amuzgo huipil dress my son gave me several years ago. It fits well so I used its measurements to make a cardboard template for my own huipiles. Also indicated on the template is where to cut off for a blouse as opposed to a dress length huipil.
As I posted HERE, my huipiles begin with other people’s old clothes. First I cut the clothes up into big pieces then sew them together to get the same proportions as that of my template.
To make sure I’m maintaining the right measurements, I use clothes pins to attach the pieced cloth to the template. As you can see from the first foto, I needed to add a long strip of fabric on the right. The other foto shows front and back now completely pieced together.
I prefer a V-neck so I cut out the necessary fabric before continuing.
Once the front and back are properly pieced together, using my original sketches as a guide, I draw the images onto the fabric with a fabric pen. I’m not afraid of making mistakes but maybe it would be better to use color chalk instead as making corrections is easier that way.
Spaces are left below the images for titles. Finally, the stitching can begin!
The huipiles I make are thus called because they share the same basic pattern as those made in Central America. My huipiles also share the philosophy that clothes and wearer live, at least temporarily, in symbiosis. However, true huipiles are made by indigenous women who are continuing a tradition handed down to them by their ancestors. They have my total respect and admiration. And if it were possible, I would buy them by the tons. Unable to do so, I collect fotos of them that I add to my Pinterest collection. Unfortunately, many well-known designers have inappropriately appropriated indigenous designs as I’ve written about here: Inspiration or Appropriation?