Our original Handmade Mixed Huipile Patchwork Quilt is designed around a circular center made from one entire Huipile [Mayan Embroidered Blouse], and it is surrounded with dozens of oversized embroidered patches.
Each is an absolutely unique work of art!
Here's how the Guatemalan artisan women make this:
The patches come from the fabric the women have sewn to make their skirts and "huipiles," traditional hand-woven and embroidered blouses that Mayan women originally began wearing around the time of the Spanish conquest. The women then move the patches around until they have a design which is pleasing to them and satisfies a basic pattern and color scheme. They will then double stitch each patch to make the quilts durable. Some of the quilts are then dyed [with vegetable dyes] to reinforce the overall color scheme, and finally they sew a solid colored backing onto it to complement the color scheme, which is double stitched in place too.
Because this is hand made, variations in color and imperfections are to be expected.
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