Huipil for the figure of the Virgin of the Rosary (geometric style)
- Maya -- Kaqchikel
- c. 1920–1940
Modern Maya religious practice generally blends pre-Hispanic rituals and beliefs with Spanish Catholicism introduced after the 16th century. Particular Catholic saints are venerated in each Maya community and cared for by a local religious brotherhood, or cofradía. Miniature Maya vestments are often made as tribute for statues of the saints. The clothing may include shirts, headcloths, and tunic-like blouses, or huipiles. These huipiles were dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary.
These miniature huipiles demonstrate the intricately brocaded designs central to Maya textile arts. The designs reference a particular Maya community, in this case the Kaqchikel Maya from San Pedro Sacatepéquez in the department of Guatemala. The embroidery on these contemporary huipiles contrasts between traditional geometric patterns and figural forms of birds, deer, and flowers.
Kimberly L. Jones, Label text, 2017, A. H. Meadows Galleries.