Indumentaria Antigua Mexicana

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Author: du Solier, Wilfrid

Year: 1950

Publisher: Ediciones Mexicanas

Place: Mexico City


110 pages with 32 color plates (recto only), diagrams and bibliography. Quarto (11 3/4" x 8 3/4") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. Prolog by M Toussaint. First edition.

Traditionally, Mexican women wore clothing which was normally very simple with garnishes of color. The Huipil, a tunic-like dress, and other types of enredos were very typical pre-Columbian garb. Originally, more often than not, these dresses were made mostly from cotton. However, following the Spanish colonization of Mexico, silks and wools started to become more popular as clothing material. Traditional Mexican women's clothing regularly includes lots of ornate embroidery, often including images and patterns that have symbolic meaning attached to them. Typically men´s clothing is not as colorful as women´s. In fact, typical pre-Columbian clothing is hard to find today. This is because men often went with little or no clothing, using mainly a sarape in certain areas of Mexico.


Corners bumped and rubbed, spine rubbed, pencil underlining on one line of prolog. Jacket heavily chipped at extremities with loss. A very good copy in a good dust jacket.

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