Mal de Amor Dress (Mexico)

Mal de Amor Dress (Mexico)


  • From The Oaxaca Collection.
  • Handmade in the Papaloapan region of Oaxaca, Mexico. 
  • Deep red, handwoven cotton dress.
  • Impeccable, multi-colored hand embroidery of abstract, geometric animals and shapes.
  • 100% cotton.
  • One size (S/M), loose fitting. Model (aka Jess) is 5’7”, size 2-4 in dresses. 
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This piece embodies what I love. As you’ll see with many of my collection choices, I tend towards pieces that evoke bold femininity.

This dress is luxury. It is one of the finest examples of this kind of work from the village where it is made in the Papaloapan region. Woven on a backstrap loom, the deep red cotton body of the dress provides the perfect showcase for these extraordinary embroidered figures.  With the color the hue of a favorite lipstick, it is at once lush and strong. The cotton is soft and substantial. I would wear this year round, anywhere. 

More About This Style of Dress

Nearly every dress in this collection can be more accurately called a huipil (pronounce wee-peel). A huipil is a traditional garment worn by indigenous women in Mexico and other regions in Central America. Huipiles vary greatly in their intricate patterns and vibrant colors across regions and villages. Nearly each village has a unique style and pattern.

Traditional huipiles are handwoven using techniques passed down over many generations. These loose-fitting tunics are typically stitched together from three rectangular pieces of handwoven fabric, which is then heavily decorated. A single huipil can take up to six months to complete. The result is a one-of-a-kind work of wearable art that can be cherished and worn over a lifetime.