Latin American Textile Collections

This decorative cotton huípil (woman’s blouse) from Tecpan, Guatemala, was hand-woven on a backstrap loom, using cotton and silk for the brocaded figures. It would be worn over an everyday huípil for weddings or other ceremonial occasions

The Museum's Latin American collections include fine textiles from highland Peru and Bolivia and from Guatemala. Dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Andean collection captures a weaving heritage altered by the influence of industrial dyes and tourism on local communities. The diverse Guatemalan pieces shed light on social affiliation (as expressed through dress) and on the artistic vision of women.