Mitla Dress – Azul (Mexico)

Mitla Dress – Azul (Mexico)


  • From The Oaxaca Collection.
  • Handmade in the Valles Centrales of Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Blue, handwoven cotton dress with handsewn seam finishes. Same pattern on both sides.
  • Hand-knotted macramé fringe.
  • 100% cotton.
  • One size (S/M), loose fitting. Model (aka Jess) is 5’7”, size 2-4 in dresses. 

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This is a great dress for those weary of the more vibrant colors in the collection or who just want something simple and beautiful that fits in anywhere you are. The soft cotton of this dress also lends itself to an elegant draping for nearly any body type. I am confident you will feel comfortable and beautiful in this dress. 

The color is somewhere in between a royal and slate blue with subtly darker thread for the seams. There are subtle geometric shapes woven into some of the stripes that are undoubtedly inspired by the designs found in the Mesoamerican ruins located in the village where this is made.

You can see some of the geometric designs that inspired this dress in my story on the Central Valleys (link below).

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.