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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This beautiful post-1980 huipil was hand woven on a back strap loom in three cotton base panels. These panels are decorated with supplementary brocade in cotton and silk. The center panel is wider and more extensively decorated. The motif is a highly abstracted double headed eagle motif. The sunburst collar is hand embroidered in silk over velvet and unique to Chichicastenango huipiles. This beautiful huipil is in superb condition.
The embroidery is very finely done in silk and a high quality cotton floss. The motif is also very finely done. It is an ancient motif done in a very modern and to me almost edgy manner.
The double headed eagle in Mayan mythology represents the Great God with two faces, one looking to good and the other to evil, or to heaven and earth.
These are great year round. In the winter I wear them over a light sweater and they are cozy.
Measures approximately 33.5 x 28
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