Smaller elaborately woven vintage corte, or mayan skirt! It is from the area of Colotenango. The corte 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 corte measures 27 1/2″ wide and 41″ 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 27 1/2″ by 82″ laid out flat.

This is a wonderful and striking corte. Cortes are sewn together to make a tube.  The accent designs are traditional mayan geomorphic designs common for the Colotenango area that resemble those used in the huipiles of the area. The background is a deep wine and dark blue striped cotton woven fabric. This corte is striking with multicolor designs throughout. There is much use of pure cotton thread in this vintage corte.

Additional photos can be found here.

Fabric from cortes can be used in a variety of ways, such as table covers, bed covers, curtains, throw pillows, clothing, etc.

This corte is in good used condition for its age. It has been well loved, with a few loose threads, and some slight wear on a few of the designs. It has become softer with age. A beautiful Colotenango corte!



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