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How I wish I could show you every single one of them! In Guatemala, whether it’s a regular weekday or a market Sunday, whether we are up in the mountains or at home, dressing up is an art. I travelled through villages that portrayed rural poverty like no other and yet, the villagers were all dressed up like princes and princesses. Everywhere we went, we came across sumptuous embroidery and weaving, sometimes decorated with beads and lurex threads that shone brightly under the sun.
Dressing up in Guatemala is a way of showing one’s talent (for each piece of clothing, woven or embroidered, is made by hand), bearing one’s tradition and serves as a reminder of one’s cultural roots.
In Guatemala, seasonal trends do not exist, the local style takes over everything. The local attire by excellence is “huipil”, a women’s blouse with rectangular patterns and entirely woven or embroidered according to the tradition on each community. And embrace yourselves, there are around 117 different types of huipils from 117 different communities. Can you believe it? So as unfortunate as it is, I couldn’t visit all of them, but I did get to visit several of these communities with the help and advice of the locals. Here is a quick preview of what I found. Your eyes will probably thank you !