Women weavers generally spends several hours a day seated on her knees weaving the panels to make the huipil. This work can take up to 6 months for one huipil.
Each garment is uniquely decorated with a variety of designs and symbols, each with its own sacred meaning. The symbols range from the diamond, representing the universe and the path of the sun in it’s daily movement including the four cardinal directions, to geomorphic representations of mountains, rivers, animals, corn plants, and people. Sometimes a weaver will sew a small representation of her birth town in a discreet location on her garment so that it can always be kept close.