TEXTILES & TRADITIONS OF THE NORTHERN SIERRA REGION

This white ensemble from San Melchor Betaza seems simple at first glance but is one of the most traditional dresses in the Northern Sierra Region. Both the skirt and blouse (#huipil and #refajo) are loomed by hand and feature simple geometric patterns that are referred to as butterflies. The outfit is finished with a red rebozo tied around their waist and a black one braided into their hair. It's traditional to wear a necklace made of red coral featuring a silver or gold coin. Other regions in the Northern Sierra adorn their blouses with simple black cotton thread embroidery depicting flowers and other natural elements.

Photos by Ana La Framboise