Happiness and Huipils


I purchased this antique huipil from Guatemala at a local folk art store

Today I sadly say goodbye to our tour participants who return to their respective homes in the USA and Australia. The common comment amongst the group is “I just want to stay”

This tour had  been  a  sheer delight, I don’t think the smile has left my face for a week.

I, will be in Mexico for another two and a half weeks and it’s going to be a pretty busy schedule but I’m looking forward to meeting hundreds of new people, many old friends and enjoying the experience of the quilt expo.
The sun is rising on yet another perfect day, its sunday and the Jardin (centre square) will be filled with interesting people. Local people, Mexicans, American and Canadian residents all visit the Jardin on a Sunday and just sit in the sun and chat. The air is full of the music of the competing mariachi bands. The smell of coffee and the Mexican food stalls complete the picture.

I have work to complete and I now need to change my focus from Class, tour, Class, tour to Class again and I have drawings to complete today.
I try not to think too far ahead when I’m on the road. All the travel and supply things are in place, its just my personal presence and participation that needs to be addressed once one event finishes and another begins. 
I admit, sometimes its with a little trepidation at the unknown.

I was just packing my Quilt case and I popped this lovely piece in. I have a number of Huipils, I’ve purchased them on previous trips and they decorate the walls of my house, this one is particularly beautiful… even the back.
The huipil is a tunic-like garment made by stitching together anywhere from one to five pieces of cloth. The most common fiber is cotton, but there are those made from wool and silk as well. Most huipils are made from two or three pieces, which are usually the same size, with one exception being those from the highlands of Chiapas, where the center piece is wider than the side ones. The panels are not sewn together in the normal sense with seams but rather they are joined using ribbons, small strips of cloth or complicated stitching which has the edges of the panels touching or almost touching. This adds a layer of decoration to the garment.
The images below were taken during our Cooking Lesson by yolk. Love the colors, love the food, love the people.

We had a wonderful time. This tour will be repeated next year so stay tuned for an announcement. Everyone had a wonderful time and I’m thrilled to say some are joining us on our Thai tour in December because they enjoyed this one so much.

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