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Corte #36 -- Weft ikat corte from Totonicapan

2.00 LBS
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Product Description

Single panel weft-ikat woman's skirt measuring 33 inches wide and 145 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 tube of finely woven material featuring ikat designs in the weft direction. The sides of the cloth are very nicely selvage-finished, and the ends have been stitched together to form the tube. Overall size is 33 inches wide and 145 inches long. The weave is weft-faced plain weave with small weft-ikat figures. The ikat-figured material is 100% cotton, and the colored stripes are rayon or another synthetic artificial silk material. In the photos below, the second is a closeup of the first. In both cases, the weft is in the direction of the ikat stripes.

Condition: excellent, lightly used but presenting no noticeable flaws except light wear to selvage edges.

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