Guatemalan Artisans & Huipil

Known for its fascinating patterns and vibrant colors, a Huipil (pronounced wee-peel) is an embroidered blouse worn by indigenous women in Guatemala. Handwoven on back-strap looms using timeless techniques passed down for generations, a single garment can take anywhere from one to six months to complete, but the end result is a one-of-a-kind work of art.

The weave or design of each Huipil holds great cultural significance and sacred meaning as each region, town, and village possesses its own style and pattern. A woman’s traje (traditional dress) defines not only her personality and geographical location but also her marital, social, wealth, and religious status. These patterns and meanings have held true throughout the years, dating back to the ancient Mayan civilizations.

The Bohemian Collective works with Guatemalan family run businesses that repurposes Huipiles and blends them with the highest quality materials in making its handbags, thus breathing new life into the beautiful fabrics to create stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces that also promote ecological sustainability.

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