Woman's size double ikat indigo fabric measuring 33.5 inches wide and 160 inches long
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. As used, the two ends of long panels 35-50 inches wide are seamed together to form a tube. The woman steps inside this tube and folds the material in a complicated manner to form the skirt. This results in a fairly thick and heavy garment.
This skirt is a single panel of finely woven material featuring ikat or jaspe designs in both the weft and warp directions. The sides of the cloth are very nicely selvage-finished, and the ends have been hemmed together to form the tube, though this seem is partly opened. Overall size is 33.5 inches wide and 160 inches long. The weave is weft-faced plain weave with simple but very fine ikat figures. This material appears to be 100% cotton. In the photos below, the second is a closeup of the first. In both pictures, the weft is in the horizontal direction. Because of the camera, the fabric is actually a true indigo blue that is different from the grayish color shown.
Condition: excellent, lightly used but presenting no holes or tears, the selvage edge shows a few loose threads and one very small ragged spot. This fabric has a very soft handle and subtle colors from years of use. It is a very nice textile.