For centuries indigenous artisans in the southern states of Mexico and in Guatemala have created handwoven and embroidered clothing. Most of the embroidered dresses and huipils are crafted by women and housewives who stay at home and work while they take care of their children. Differences in style and technique tie communities together and often tell us from which village a garment came.
Today, the most popular embroidered dresses, blouses and huipils come from the Mexican states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos and Yucatan. Incredibly intricate embroidered huipils also come from Guatemala. Embroidered patterns such as flowers and other symbols were originally copied from decorations in the architecture of churches built more than 200 years ago. Designs have evolved and become elaborate, beautifully colored masterpieces.
The Verde design is based on black, boldly embroidered huipils from Oaxaca. These beautiful garments are particularly striking because of their bright, monochromatic palette depicting large abstract flowers and birds.