Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fun Research!

Recently a customer asked if I could do a garment that would reflect the Mexican cultural influences. Coming from this land of Svens, Trolls and Lutefisk, doing something based on Scandinavia would have been easy!
So I have started researching Mexican traditional garments. Some great information and inspiration!

First there is the Huipil. This is a traditional garment top that is somewhere between a poncho and a blouse. The structure is simple, but the decoration is what makes it. The intricate work at the neck and shoulders really gives the garment a structure that it would otherwise lack. I think it might be great for a sweater type garment - heavier knits around the top with softer drapey knits on the bottom...
The other garment is the Quechquemitl, or as we all know it the poncho. But, again, it is the vibrant designs that really make this garment. some are small and just shoulder covers, and others are large. Very versitile and efficient to produce on the loom.

Anyway, it has been fun to research this - who knows where it will lead, stay tuned!


Lynne said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the result! Have you done any preliminary purchases or swatches yet?

jill said...

nope - still thinking, but it did keep me awake last night!!