Older man's head tzute for cofradia measuring approx. 40 inches wide and x 48 inches long.
This is a traditional tzute from Nahuala. It probably dates from the 1980s. It was handwoven on a backstrap loom in two panels, then joined with a simple overcast stitching down the center. All four edges are selvage-finished. Dimensions are 40 inches wide and approximately 48 inches long. Background fabric is finely-woven plain white cotton. The brocaded designs are a mixture of polished cotton, mish cotton, and artificial silk (orlon embroidery floss). I purchased this tzute from an old woman from Nahuala in 2019, and she told me that the cofradia ceremony is no longer practiced in this town. This information was confirmed to me when I met the author Krystyna Deuss in Antigua that same year.
Condition is Very Good, perhaps there are a few loose threads, since this is a used tzute. These traditional use ceremonial tzutes are becoming harder to find.
Dimensions: approximately 40 inches wide and 48 inches long. This is an very nice and unusual textile from actual cofradia use.