Sombra Mosaic Dress (Mexico)

Sombra Mosaic Dress (Mexico)


  • From The Oaxaca Collection.
  • Handmade in the Papaloapan region of Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • True black rayon dress with white cotton embroidery on both sides.
  • Hand-embroidered motif took months to make.
  • One size (S/M), loose fitting. Model (aka Jess) is 5’7”, size 2-4 in dresses. 

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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!). The very soft material means it drapes the body beautifully.

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.