Tribal Print Trend
New fashion trends in 2012 have been dominated by brightly colored pattern prints. Pairing a fuchsia and white tribal print top with mint green pants is a pretty cool go-to outfit for a summery Saturday night out on the town. But where did this visual intrigue come from?
My guess is Guatemala. Guatemala undoubtedly has the most colorfully dressed people in the Americas.
Traditional dress for women, called traje, is village-specific or language group related. It is generally woven at home but can also be produced in commercially well-known weaving centers such as Totonicapan. Huipil, is a loose-fitting tunic that is heavily decorated with embroidery, ribbons, lace and more. It is generally made of cotton but can also be made of silk and wool. More modern huipiles are enlivened by geometric spots of colors, especially hot pink.
Photo by: Janie and Ric Finch. TRAJE EN GUATEMALA, http://www.rutahsa.com.
As you can see in the above picture, headdresses or headwraps are also an important piece to the traditional Guatemalan garb. The headwrap, also known as a cinta is typically decorated with brocaded designs and tassels.
Over the past couple months I have purchased and pinned many items that are similar to the Guatemalan wear.
Found at Karmaloop
Found on Etsy
Found at Nieman Marcus
Found on RiverIsland
But I am so proud of my most recent find. Guatemalan made flats. I found them at Rices Market where a Guatemalan native sells hand made goods such as wallets, keychains, bracelets, and of course these AWESOME flats.