Large Single panel double-ikat woman's skirt measuring 34 inches wide and 188 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 panel of finely woven material featuring ikat designs in both directions. The sides of the cloth are very nicely selvage-finished, and the ends have been stitched together to form the tube. Overall size is 34 inches wide and 188 inches long. The weave is weft-faced plain weave with large ikat figures in the warp direction. This corte material appears to be 100% cotton, and has a nice mellow appearance from years of washing. In the photos below, the second is a closeup of the first. In both cases, the weft is in the horizontal direction.
Condition: very good, lightly used but presenting no noticeable flaws except light wear to th selvage edges, which are somewhat uneven.