1940s

Rare 40s Mexican Embroidered Blouse$193.00

  • Rare 40s Mexican Embroidered Blouse by 1940s
  • Rare 40s Mexican Embroidered Blouse by 1940s
  • Rare 40s Mexican Embroidered Blouse by 1940s
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Size: medium
Measurements: bust: 42.5 | waist: 40
Condition: Very good - minimal signs of wear and tear
1940s
Rare 40s Mexican Embroidered Blouse

This blouse is so special —although you will find reproductions, it's really rare to find these original midcentury Mexican embroidered blouses. This one was made by hand in Guadalajara in the 1940s (possibly early 1950s). I love the weight of the fabric: it's a pretty sturdy woven cotton, and it holds up against the slightly boxy shape.
This is a great example of traditional Mexican embroidery style; it is a reinterpretation of the embroidery commonly found on huipiles (traditional women's tunics). Hallmarks of this style include the satin-stitched embroidery with red cotton thread, and a design that is horizontally mirrored on either side of the body.

The depiction of birds and botanicals is a stylized representation of the somewhat universal "Tree of Life" motif, which speaks to the interconnectedness of living things in the universe. This idea of the "World Tree" was integral to the cosmology of the Aztecs, Mayans, other ancient civilizations of Mexico. However, note that this piece was produced for export; in the 1940s and throughout the 1950s, Mexican-made (and eventually Mexican-inspired) fashion was extremely popular in the US, and thus Mexican artisans leaned into the craze by producing pieces that were easily worn Stateside. I note this specifically to tell you that wearing pieces like this are NOT an appropriation their culture's traditional dress. The blouse features darts at the waist to give it a bit of shape and hook closures down the front. The woven miniskirt and scarab bracelet pictured are also available.

Measurements: Note that this will fit a range of sizes depending on desired fit.
It can be worn boxy, can be worn open, etc.
Shoulders: 16.25"
Chest: 42.5"
Sleeves: 7.75"
Length: 20"

Great vintage condition. Small discoloration to fabric in one area which is not noticeable when worn.

This item is sold from an excellent, highly rated vintage seller in New York, NY.

This blouse is so special —although you will find reproductions, it's really rare to find these original midcentury Mexican embroidered blouses. This one was made by hand in Guadalajara in the 1940s (possibly early 1950s). I love the weight of the fabric: it's a pretty sturdy woven cotton, and it holds up against the slightly boxy shape.
This is a great example of traditional Mexican embroidery style; it is a reinterpretation of the embroidery commonly found on huipiles (traditional women's tunics). Hallmarks of this style include the satin-stitched embroidery with red cotton thread, and a design that is horizontally mirrored on either side of the body.

The depiction of birds and botanicals is a stylized representation of the somewhat universal "Tree of Life" motif, which speaks to the interconnectedness of living things in the universe. This idea of the "World Tree" was integral to the cosmology of the Aztecs, Mayans, other ancient civilizations of Mexico. However, note that this piece was produced for export; in the 1940s and throughout the 1950s, Mexican-made (and eventually Mexican-inspired) fashion was extremely popular in the US, and thus Mexican artisans leaned into the craze by producing pieces that were easily worn Stateside. I note this specifically to tell you that wearing pieces like this are NOT an appropriation their culture's traditional dress. The blouse features darts at the waist to give it a bit of shape and hook closures down the front. The woven miniskirt and scarab bracelet pictured are also available.

Measurements: Note that this will fit a range of sizes depending on desired fit.
It can be worn boxy, can be worn open, etc.
Shoulders: 16.25"
Chest: 42.5"
Sleeves: 7.75"
Length: 20"

Great vintage condition. Small discoloration to fabric in one area which is not noticeable when worn.

This blouse is so special —although you will find reproductions, it's really rare to find these original midcentury Mexican embroidered blouses. This one was made by hand in Guadalajara in the 1940s (possibly early 1950s). I love the weight of the fabric: it's a pretty sturdy woven cotton, and it holds up against the slightly boxy shape.
This is a great example of traditional Mexican embroidery style; it is a reinterpretation of the embroidery commonly found on huipiles (traditional women's tunics). Hallmarks of this style include the satin-stitched embroidery with red cotton thread, and a design that is horizontally mirrored on either side of the body.

The depiction of birds and botanicals is a stylized representation of the somewhat universal "Tree of Life" motif, which speaks to the interconnectedness of living things in the universe. This idea of the "World Tree" was integral to the cosmology of the Aztecs, Mayans, other ancient civilizations of Mexico. However, note that this piece was produced for export; in the 1940s and throughout the 1950s, Mexican-made (and eventually Mexican-inspired) fashion was extremely popular in the US, and thus Mexican artisans leaned into the craze by producing pieces that were easily worn Stateside. I note this specifically to tell you that wearing pieces like this are NOT an appropriation their culture's traditional dress. The blouse features darts at the waist to give it a bit of shape and hook closures down the front. The woven miniskirt and scarab bracelet pictured are also available.

Measurements: Note that this will fit a range of sizes depending on desired fit.
It can be worn boxy, can be worn open, etc.
Shoulders: 16.25"
Chest: 42.5"
Sleeves: 7.75"
Length: 20"

Great vintage condition. Small discoloration to fabric in one area which is not noticeable when worn.

This item is sold from an excellent, highly rated vintage seller in New York, NY.

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