Tuesday, April 29, 2008

San Juan Atitan

These huipiles from San Juan Atitan are really interesting because they have words woven into them. San Juan Atitan is a village in the departamento of Huehuetenango, which borders Mexico to the north and west. You can see some photos taken in this village here.

I found several of these huipiles last week. One of the girls' huipiles says Te amo ("I love you"), which is adorable! Words on one of the women's huipiles include Adios (goodbye), Este Mexico (which could mean either "this Mexico" or "East Mexico"... maybe it's the latter because this area is to the east of Mexico?) and Estado Unido (United States, but singular for some reason). Sometimes the words are woven backwards in a mirror image effect.

The first photo doesn't have writing but I like the cat details on this child's huipil.


Michelle said...


art-sweet said...

I would love to get a name plate with the cats and P'ito's name - would this be possible? I will email privately about it.