huipilli (FCbk4f36v)

huipilli (FCbk4f36v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colored painting of a woman wearing a traditional Indigenous woman's blouse (huipilli) is included here as an example of iconography. The woman is shown in a three-quarter view (suggesting European stylistic influence), with her head in profile, facing toward the viewer's left. The left arm of the woman is raised. Her right hand appears to be lifting her tunic; she has apparently recently given birth, as a nude child appears next to her leg.

The blouse, which is the object of attention here, is shown in three-dimensionality, white with gray shadowing. It has a border of red trim at the bottom. The rectangle on her chest has a red and white quincunx design. According to the Nahua scholar Ofelia Morales (personal communication), this rectangle is called a pechero in Spanish.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


icuiloa, bordado, blusas, huipiles, textiles, género, mujeres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

huipil(li), women's handwoven and embroidered blouse,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el huipil, una blusa indígena

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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