Large Nahuala morga consisting of a tube measuring 42 inches wide and 64 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. Those skirts with a foundation of indigo-dyed cotton are very traditional in many villages, and are called morgas
This skirt is a traditional morga from Nahuala. The panel width of 42 inches was formed by joining two narrow panels with a decorative randa stitch; this wide panel was then formed into a tube, with the two ends being joined with the same randa. The sides of the cloth are very nicely selvage-finished. Overall size as seen is 42 inches wide and 64 inches long, of double thickness. The weave is weft-faced plain weave of solid blue cotton cloth. The color is a amedium dark indico blue, as in the smaller photo.
Condition: very good, lightly used but presenting no noticeable flaws except light wear and some possible slight soil.