604 Corte Huehuetenango-0331Colotenango

Spectacular and elaborately hand woven vintage corte or 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 33″ wide and 44″ 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 33″ by 88″ laid out flat.

This is a wonderful and striking corte. Most cortes are woven on a very wide foot powered loom, but the ones from Colotenango are fully woven on a backstrap loom and are actually two very long panels carefully stitched together to hide the seam.  The accent designs are traditional mayan geomorphic designs woven into the panels and are common for the Colotenango area. They resemble those used in the huipiles of the area. The background is a deep wine with black and orange stripes. woven fabric. The amount of work found in this corte is incredible as it is all hand done. The fabric is super soft and thick and so tightly woven that it weighs just over 3lbs!

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 great used condition, perhaps with a few loose threads. A spectacular Colotenango corte!



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