Older Maya shawl of warp ikat from Totonicapan
Most rebozos used by Maya women in Guatemala are woven in the two textile-producing towns of Totonicapan and Quetzaltenango (known locally by its old Maya name of Xela). All are produced on the Spanish-style treadle loom, which involves a considerable amount of dying and handling by hand. It is not as time-consuming work as back-strap weaving, but it can still take weeks of total effort to produce a shawl. Much production is by cottage industry, with small looms in individual homes, where the weaving is a family endeavor. The ikat or jaspe threads are all dyed individually, in the home, and this is one of the more tedious of the jobs. This ikat almost entirely uses cotton threads.
This particular shawl is of the style ca. 1060's to 1970's. It is made up of alternating ikat stripes with multiple plain stripes, and is one style of traditional manufacture in Totonicapan.
Size: 22 inches wide and 60 inches long, including the fringes. This shawl was made from a single panel; the ends are braided with loose warp fringe. The pompoms were probably added later.
Condition: Very Good, light rubbing, no holes or stains. This is a very nice older rebozo. The light spot in the upper right of the first photo is a camera image flaw, and does not appear in the actual textile.