“A favorite piece (of Frida Kahlo’s) was the huipil—‘shirt’ in Nahuatl—the most traditional garment in Mesoamerica, a blouse made up of squares of cloth linked by ribbons, fabrics of other colors or handmade flower embroidery. There is an opening at the top for the head and two on the sides for the arms, and there is usually a space on the front without embroidery in order to showcase traditional jewelry. The neckline may be oval, square or round. With its generous decolletage, the huipi showcased the neck and collarbone, helping Frida look taller.”
In this outfit, I have interpreted the huipil using a Desigual top that has a variety of fabric designs and details printed on it. The fabric of this top seemed to be made of of different fabrics and embroidery like images. Rather than ribbons a trail of words in gold lettering follows the pattern of a brightly colored floral-like wheel. The words come together into a message……Just there! The magic of stories starts everywhere….
Susana Martinez Vidal
FRIDA KAHLO/Fashion as the Art of Being
Examples of the huipil and how it is handcrafted
The carnelian pendant is an antique piece from Asia. Engraved in the center of the large carnelian stone is a scorpian. The pendant was up-cycled to make a necklace using matching carnelian beads and silver beads by an artisan located in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
I collect bakelite bangles and other hand crafted bangles. Layered between a stack of bakelite is a hand painted bangle that had a Picasso like image worked on it. Picasso is another favorite artist of mine and I could not resist this artful piece.