piece of the month

January 2023

Plocharski Collection

Santa María de Jesús, Sacatepéquez
Linguistic Community: Kaqchikel

The garment is made with three cloth panels, all of which have a white background with red, vertical warp lines. The central panel and parts of the lateral ones stand out for their supplementary-weft brocades, which include birds, animals and geometrical designs. It features a rosette made of pink ribbon and a neckline finished with the same material. There is a row of two-headed eagles below the rosette.

This ceremonial over-huipil is worn by women of the cofradías or catholic brotherhoods, as well as by young Maya women who are elected as representatives of their community.


3D modeling by Nicole Ramazzini


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