Post 1980 woman's skirt was made from single panel with ikat band.
Most of the skirts or cortes used by the Maya women of Guatemala are made on treadle looms in the large textile-producing villages of the western highlands of southern Guatemala. Certain designs are village-specific, but it is now more common for the woman to choose a skirt fabric which suits her personal aesthetic. Some skirts are also made in the particular village for use in that village. Villages and towns in the Verapaz region around the city of Coban often use corte material produced in neighboring villages to fashion draw-string skirts, which are the common use there.
This skirt is a single-panel textile of finely woven material featuring ikat designs in a single band. The sides of the cloth are selvage-finished, and the ends have been stitched together to form the tube. Overall size is 35 inches tall and 144 inches long. The weave is weft-faced plain weave with large ikat figures. This corte material appears to be 100% cotton, and has a lightly used appearance even though it is 40 years old. The overall size of the piece of cloth used was 40 inches wide and 144 inches long. The top 5 inches have been folded over and lightly hemmed for insertion of the draw-string cord, leaving a garment only 35 inches wide as seen. The warp runs in the long direction. The ikat band is about 1.5 inches wide.
Condition: very good, lightly used but presenting no noticeable flaws.