At Amado Collection, many of our products are created from both newly woven and vintage handwoven textiles made by Guatemala's indigenous communities. When exploring the streets of Guatemala, you will most likely come across Mayan women dressed in their tipico clothing–consisting of a faja, huipil, and corte–which is deeply rooted in centuries-old customs.
The huipil is a traditional blouse or tunic worn by indigenous women in various regions of Mexico and Central America, including Guatemala. The faja is a woven or embroidered belt or sash traditionally worn around the waist. The corte refers to a type of wrap-around skirt typically worn by indigenous women.
Guatemalan textiles are often woven using traditional backstrap looms or foot looms. The backstrap loom, a simple and portable loom tied to a weaver's waist, allows for intricate patterns and designs. Foot looms, on the other hand, are larger and mechanized, enabling faster production of textiles.
This Mayan weaving tradition dates back to ancient times, with evidence suggesting its practice began as early as 2000 BCE. The intricate art has played a significant role in the cultural heritage and daily life, showcasing Mayan women's advanced craftsmanship and artistic expressions.
Spanish colonization introduced European influences, integrating materials like wool and techniques such as embroidery and brocade. This fusion, along with Guatemala's diverse geography, gave rise to distinct regional huipil patterns, each reflecting its local culture and traditions.
Huipils are more than clothing; they embody cultural pride and heritage. In donning these garments, indigenous women honor their ancestry and contribute to the celebration of cultural diversity. The intricate patterns of Guatemalan huipiles serve as a living testament to the enduring legacy of indigenous cultures and their dedication to preserving their heritage through the art of weaving.