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.
In Puebla, you will typically find dresses embroidered around the front neck, in the center of the dress and also on the back. The dresses themselves are quite simple, but the colorful embroidery makes them extraordinary works of art. Our Fiesta and Plata designs are inspired by these beautiful dresses.