buckets of latex 100% washable paint color rosa huipil
duration 5 years.
Elena wore a green huipil
with multicolored geometrical patterns and her hair was done up and adorned with pompoms, the traditional attire worn by Mayan women from the Quiche highlands.
She wore a beautifully embroidered colorful huipil
and her earrings dangled down to her chest.
They stepped forward into the courtyard and three dimensions--the younger woman, with worry in her eyes, elegant in a billowy black dress, the older wearing an ancient huipil
, embroidered in faded parrot colors, over khaki trousers--then vanished into Reynaldo's room with the desk and the big keys and the postcards of the ruins of Monte Alban.
It's as if all of Guatemala was a huipil
woven by the hands of time, a rainbowed reality expressed in a thousand ways: longsuffering villages with deep ties to the land; life palpitating in the midst of the most everyday things; the mysterious essence of its millenary people.
I still own this first huipil
, simple cotton with multicolored weavings on the neckline and red bands along the center, as beautiful as the day I bought it.
pachota, the family's beloved ceiba tree; huipil
, "my blouse with the embroidered birds and flowers").
She's wearing the traditional lone skirts and braided hair of a Juchiteca, but her hands are big and hairy and there's a prominent Adam's apple above the collar of her huipil
Braided women in colorful embroidered huipil
work their looms in the town's craft collective, drills and saws sound from expansion efforts at the health clinic and along the main thoroughfare bundled-up figures shovel gravel in the mist.
She tells me to the colorful huipil
she made with her own hands.
I carry the huipil
of colors for the fiesta when I return .
To be photographed, she has replaced her T-shirt with a traditional woven huipil
and braided her hair quickly.