692 Corte Chichicastenango-0530Chichicastenango

Amazing corte or skirt from the Chichicastenango. This is a woven corte, or mayan skirt is a wrap-around skirt that consists of a cut of cloth joined to form a tube into which the woman steps. Excess material is wrapped around the body and folded at the waist in pleats, and tied with a faja (belt). This elegant corte measures 28″ wide and 55″ long (doubled). This corte has the opening at the long sides as shown in the picture of the corte hanging. If the stitching joining the sides of the tube were removed, this fabric would measure approximately 28″ by 110″ laid out flat.

This incredible corte has elaborately detailed ikat woven stripes throughout that are done in colorful patterns of deer, corn plants, two-headed eagles and more! Look closely! There is very lovely hand embroidery where the seams are joined. The indigo blue stripes alternate with the ikat stripes on this medium weight fabric.

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Fabric from cortes can be used in a variety of ways besides just for wearing, such as table covers, bed covers, curtains, throw pillows, clothing, etc. due to the heavier and more durable nature of the weaving.

This corte is in good used condition, with little sign of wear.  There are a few tiny worn spots. A spectacular work of art!




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