Sierra Norte Dress (Mexico)

Sierra Norte Dress (Mexico)


  • From The Oaxaca Collection.
  • Handmade in the Sierra Norte region of Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Natural, handwoven cotton muslin.
  • Deep orange and red handsewn seams.
  • Multicolor, hand-embroidered design elements on both sides.
  • 100% cotton.
  • One size (S/M/L), loose fitting. Model (aka Jess) is 5’7”, size 2-4 in dresses. 

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The embroidered details on this dress are so refined and subtle, and I love the orange trim. All of the color is perfectly offset by the neutral muslin, making for a very earthy yet elegant dress. The hearty but soft, light cloth means you could really wear this dress any time of the year. I would pair it with tights and boots (grey/brown/black) in the winter and minimalist sandals in the summer. I imagine you’ll wear this dress all the time. 

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.