This shrug or wrap is repurposed from a fine Colotenango corte.
“The backstrap woven skirts of [Colotenango] are extraordinary. Red and black warp striped, with supplemental weft decoration, they represent the most complex patterning of any daily skirt in Guatemala.” (“Threads of Identity”, Altman and West, p. 139) This classic circa 1980 example of a Colotenango corte was back strap loomed in two well matched all cotton panels. The supplemental weft decoration features bands of chevrons, universal diamonds, zigzags, corn plants and other geometric motifs.
This is great warm or cool weather wraps. Made of very soft and supple material called "aleman" prized for its drape. It is made of a thick rayon.
This one is made from a longer corte and it fits a bit differently than the others. These are made without cutting the original textile. Will fit sizes XS-M best because it is shorter around the back than some of the others.
32" long and 55" from wrist to wrist.
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These blouses, called huipiles, because of the shape, are iconic of the Isthmus of Oaxaca. They are still worn by many Zapotec women of the coast there. Tehuana huipiles of this quality of craftsmanship and materials have become rare. Sadly, the few that are produced now do not compare.
Currently this one has these measurements: Chest 18" Length 18"
Would fit a size XS
These are intended to fit small, about as this one fits the model.
Both sides are embroidered with the same pattern.
These make wonderful wall hangings and I would be happy to provide a hanging dowel for them upon request.
The last trip to Oaxaca and the Istmo where these are made turned up very few of these old hand embroidered huipiles. I had known that they were hard to come by but not realized how nearly impossible they are to find now. So, this may be it! They are treasures.
If you are interested google Tehuana culture as it is fascinating. A matriarchal society where the feminine ideal is a strong woman of some girth! It is common in the istmo of Mexico to see these huipiles worn proudly displaying a big beautiful belly beneath.
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This skirt is the work of a real master of her craft. A very beautiful and special textile. The wide waist is densely and finely embroidered with mirror work. The skirt also has extensive fine embroidery and applique and some mirror work.
It is fully lined and the skirt itself made from sturdy heavyweight cotton. This piece is in particularly good condition. Zips up the back.
The waist measurement of this one is 32 inches and it is about 19 inches long with a great flare, If worn high on the waist as in the photo the skirt portion of the garment is almost 11 inches long and the waist is about 8 inches long. It is a quite a short skirt. The crenoline adds a bit of length and I will send it with the garment free of cost. I've seen these skirts worn this way by models in Spain.
This skirt can be worn one of two ways. For smaller hipped people it can be worn low on the waist as an above the knee skirt. For the less small waisted it can be worn as a high waisted skirt. Either way it is fab.
These come from the Banjara tribe of Northern India.