Mitla Dress – Emerald (Mexico)

Mitla Dress – Emerald (Mexico)


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

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This dress is simple and beautiful, and makes sense to wear just about anywhere. I think the emerald green and black accents make it particularly sexy. 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. The soft cotton of this dress makes it really comfortable and also lends itself to an elegant draping for nearly any body type. 

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.