Small woman's tzute made in this village on Lake Atitlan
This is a small size tzute or girl's shawl from the Tzutujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlan, located on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala's southern highlands. 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 textile was woven in the village on a backstrap loom. Such pieces are usually woven by the family for their own use.
This particular shawl is 10-20 years old, and is of all cotton. The jaspe warp is cotton, as are the other colored threads.
Size: 17 inches wide and 43 inches long, including the fringes. This tzute was made from a single panel.
Condition: very good, perhaps some light soil but no holes or stains. Both ends are finished with loose warp fringe, some of which are braided.