“My Name is Venus” huipil for the 99 Arts Project work-in-progress!
Before and After
This is the back panel of the huipil first with just the drawing then with appliquéd fabric scraps (which I have plenty of) added for the background. This helps me use materials I already have, use less embroidery thread which is expensive and not that easy to find here, as well as makes blocking in the huipil much easier.
Looking at some of the scraps makes me smile—there’s fabric from my man’s old boxers as well as from a shirt his kids came him for his birthday years ago. There’s also fabric from a dress Kerry gave me as well as from a dress Gayle gave me. The black is from the lining of a skirt Marina gave me. It is already a kind of Memory Huipil.
I wish I had saved some of the clothes my son and daughter wore as little kids so that I could cut them up and piece them into a huipil. Or that I had my mother’s favorite red and white polka dress she used to wear so much. Or even my old doll clothes. All of these fabrics would have been fantastic for a Memory Huipil where you wear fabric souvenirs of someone important in your life.
And this represent a figurine from Naqada.
Here is a before & after of the figurine from Mesopotamia.
Again, the figurine from Mesopotamia. The first foto is that of the backside. And the second foto shows the yellow threads that unite the white fabric pieced together to act as a canvas for the threads.
Unfortunately, sewing becomes addictive and today I must find the discipline to break away from my huipil for household chores!
Cynthia Korzekwa ©