Vintage 1970s Oaxaca Hand Embroidered Dress Hazme Si Puedes Pink Cotton Mexican


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This is a hand embroidered pink cotton dress made in Mexico, most likely during the 1970s by an artisan of Oaxaca origin.  The embroidery features a variety of floral motifs and is quite dense - embroidery of this type would have taken considerable time to do.  The embroidery fills the yoke, both on the front and back, and is also down around the underarm area and in a vertical panel at the centre front.  The dress is made with short sleeves and has fine tucking or smocking positioned under the yoke, both front and back, which is embroidered with little people figures - I believe that this technique is called “Hazme si puede”, which translates to “make me if you can”.  The tucking bestows some fullness to the body of the dress.  The neckline is rounded and edged in white embroidered “lace” detail as are the edges of the sleeves.  The dress is unlined and has no zippered openings, so simply fits over the head to fit.  

Age: 1970s

Label:  None - artisan made

Colour:  Pink with embroidery in goldenrod yellow, orange, light blue, purple, white and green

Material:  Cotton

Sizing: No size is indicated, however, I believe the this should fit a medium size - please note the following measurements for fit keeping the style of the dress in mind (please measure your body or a similar garment that you may own):

Shoulders:  15” across from shoulder/sleeve seam to shoulder/sleeve seam

Bust:  42” around, taken under the arms, but should fall loosely

Waist:  50” around, but should fall loosely

Hips:  54”, but should fall loosely

Length:  57” long, measured flat

Condition: It is in very clean condition with no wear, tear, stains or odours - this dress was very well cared for over the years.

This is a lovely Mexican dress in a very pretty pink colour, very nice summer wear…..quality hand embroidery, not like the more modern machine embroidered knock-offs that you see…..