1. A huipil is a traditional blouse–usually T-shaped–worn by indigenous people in certain parts of Central America, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Belize.
2. Huipils are typically woven of cotton or wool using a back-strap loom, with one bar attached to a stationary object, such as a tree or a piece of furniture; and the other bar attached to the weaver herself, using a strap around her back.
3. Huipils are often richly embellished using embroidery, brocade, or tapestry techniques.
4. Sometimes you can pinpoint the region or even the village where a particular huipil originated because of its distinctive colors and patterns.
5. In some regions men have been known to wear huipils, but they are most commonly worn by women and girls.
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