Soledad Dress (Mexico)
Soledad Dress (Mexico)
- From The Oaxaca Collection.
- Handmade in the Papaloapan region of Oaxaca, Mexico.
- True black rayon dress with pale blue, cotton embroidery.
- Hand-embroidered motif took months to make.
- One size (M/L), loose fitting. Model (aka Jess) is 5’7”, size 2-4 in dresses.
I named this dress Soledad, after my favorite Spanish name, which means solitude. I never took the name to be sad but, rather, an expression of individual strength. I thought you would stand apart and alone in this dress in a similar way.
It is hard to fathom how much work went into this dress. This is truly a work of art that translates across any culture. The monochromatic embroidery motif is so sophisticated and elegant. It is pure class, and would work with any wardrobe, anywhere in the world. Pair it with heels or platforms for a special event, or maybe booties or sandals for everyday wear (though it is so precious I would be afraid to wear it to, say, the beach, but you do what you want!). It drapes beautifully. For comparison, this one is slightly larger than the black and white dress in the collection, which is also from the same village.
This style of embroidery is my hands down favorite in all of Oaxaca. It’s like the cloth underneath is struggling to find light through the abstract jungle of overlaid embroidered flowers, birds, plants and geometric designs. You can see the negative of the hand stitching on the inside of the dress, which itself is breathtaking.
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.