Long tzute used as a table cover for cofradia measuring 28.5 inches wide and x 61 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 combination of simple stitching and decorative randa down the center. All four edges are selvage-finished. Dimensions are 28.5 inches wide and approximately 61 inches long. Background fabric is cotton of white with red stripes. The brocaded designs are a mixture of polished cotton, mish cotton, and artificial silk (orlon embroidery floss). This was probably an old huipil that was converted for use as a table cover (the head-hole was stitched shut by the green and red colored floss in the center). I purchased it from an old woman from Nahuala in 2006, and she told me it was for use at the cofradia ceremony as a table cover.
Condition is Very Good, perhaps there are a few loose threads, since this is a used tzute. There is also some light soil and staining from color runs and beverage stains. The photo at the left is of about two-thirds of the textile. The photos below show the center area with the decorative randa stitch, as well as detail of the brocading.
Dimensions: approximately 28.5 inches wide and 61 inches long. This is an very nice and unusual textile from actual cofradia use.