Blouse Item Number: 3289/97 from the MOA: University of British Columbia
Blouse made of a sheer white fabric. The bib is heavily embroidered in navy with floral designs. Below the bib, the fabric is ruched, creating a tight fit, which becomes looser towards the hem. The front of the body is embroidered with rows of varying-sizes of zigzags, with a larger band which extends around the garment. Both the neck and sleeves are lined with white lace with navy ribbon woven through, which has ends for tying. The bottom hem is unfinished.
These blouses were bought from Mayan-speaking women in the rural town of Aguacatenango. The town is known for red/orange huipiles, however regardless of tradition and governmental intervention in folkloric textiles in Chiapas, these more ‘western’ looking lace blouses are now worn by the women in Aguacatenango.