Traditional warp-ikat shawl in dark blue and black
When we were in Oaxaca in the early 1990s, we were told that this style of shawl was still being woven, but only the older women wore them. The newer styles were not as "boring", and probably more modern and colorful. They were still available in the textile market in the center of town, however, so I bought a few because the style and quality of the weaving was very attractive. Over the years, I have given a few as presents, and now have decided to sell a couple more.
This particular shawl is of very fine dark navy blue and black ikat. It is all cotton and extremely finely woven. It was purchased new and never used, so it still has a somewhat stiff feel (I believe the weavers must add a little starch as part of the finishing process). With use, it will become very supple and luxurious. The maximum center width is 26 inches, and the length is 66 inches not including the very intricately braided warp fringe. As the fringe is finished, the warp threads are pulled closer together, so that the width is narrower at the two ends. This effect can be seen in the photos that follow.