My Mexican Textiles

March 25, 2012

I love Mexican textiles.  I love that they are hand made. As a knitter, I know how much attention and caring gets incorporated into each item I make, and I’m sure it is the same for the creators of these lovely blouses. Whenever I travel, I always enjoy looking at (and probably buying) blouses, wraps (called rebozos) or knitted items.

A huipile (or huipil) is an embroidered blouse or dress.  I am not an expert, for that I will refer you to Robert Freund’s website on Mexican textiles.

I love these garments not just because they are made by hand but because they are traditionally worn clothing with a long history in México.  I wish more people would purchase these beautiful and well made items and wear them with pride. The indigenous people who make them would of course appreciate it and would be able to continue to pass down their craft to the younger generation.

Below are some of my personal collection of blouses. Aren’t they beautiful?

Mexican blouse from Oaxaca

Mexican blouse from Oaxaca

Mexican blouse

Mexican blouse from Oaxaca

Mexican outerwear from Oaxaca

Mexican blouse

Mexican blouse from Oaxaca

Mexican blouse from Oaxaca

Mexican blouse

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in Mazatlán, México.

9 Comments
    1. They are fabulous! The only thing better would have been to see you modeling all of them.

    1. I’m with you – gorgeous work! I’ve always wondered the best way to wash blouses – particularly that are white – that are adorned with the gorgeous, brightly colored designs. I bought one years ago I just loved, and washed it in cold water and the colors ran all over and ruined it.

      How do you keep yours looking so nice?

      Thanks in advance!

    1. I love that most of them are so non-binding, too,which in the hot Mazatlan season is a real boon. They are all pretty but I especially like the dark blue with pink and the green one.

      1. Marty, Thank you!

        Suzanne, Thank you but I am pretty close to the least photogenic person on earth!

        Contessa, You’re right, I wear them with everything. I didn’t even include pictures of some dresses and wraps!

        Barbara, I have never had any problem washing mine. I wash them in cold water and hang them up – if the white gets dingy I hang them in the sun to dry.

        Zoe, Yes, I love that they are loose, too. But a couple of them are still too warm to wear in the summer!

    1. Hi Nancy, Happy Birthday! I would kill for 4 of those blouses! What a wonderful collection!

      All the best,
      Samantha

      1. Thanks so much, Samantha! (I love the blouses, too!)

    1. Thank you so much for all the info on your life and times. Only wish I didn`t have to live this from so far a distance – keep the stories coming and the food info – love it.
      My best to you on your continuing enjoyment of Mexico.

      Marion

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