The Anonymous Conqueror’s description of the Ichca Huipil

A portrayal of the ichca huipil from the codex Azcatitlan. This post-conquest Nahua codex clearly shows the fastening at the front, least of the ichca huipils used by the nations in the valley of Mexico.

A portrayal of the ichca huipil from the codex Azcatitlan. This post-conquest Nahua codex clearly shows the fastening at the front, least of the ichca huipils used by the nations in the valley of Mexico.

The Anonymous Conqueror was an unknown soldier with Cortez’s army, who later wrote a detailed account of the people, manners, architecture, warfare, armor and weapons of the Aztecs. He left some very valuable descriptions of the war gear of the Aztec and the surrounding nations. This description is from Chapter 4 of his account.

‘The armor which they use in war are certain loose garments like doublets made of quilted cotton, a finger and a half thick, and sometimes two fingers; they are very strong.’

A terse, but fairly detailed description.

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