The students looked at photos of a number of huipils and they identified different ways the craftsperson had created patterns- through repeating shapes, lines, and colors.
After that the kids started in on their own paper huipils. They made the basic shirt shape first, drawing and cutting the collar and sleeves. They then laid out their cut paper strips, glued them on, and trimmed them to fit.
Then the patterning was done by applying leftover paper and by drawing patterns with a pen and crayons.
If students wanted to add a fringed border to the bottom and/or sleeves they did that at the end with another larger piece of white paper.
The kids rocked the project with lots of variety in patterning and detailing. When I showcase them at our end of the year I plan on displaying them on a clothesline. The process of this project was borrowed from the art ed blog Painted Paper:)