821 Corte-2684Nahualá

Stunning hand embroidered and woven corte, or mayan skirt,  from the Nahualá region of Guatemala. 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 elegant corte measures 40.5″ wide and 56″ long (laid flat). Cortes are generally sewn together to make a tube for wearing. 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 40.5″ by 112″ laid out flat.

This corte is elegant with simple decorations of tiny ikat stripes with alternating stripes of purple. The background is an indigo blue cotton woven fabric. The randa, or area joining the fabric, is hand embroidery in various shades of purple arti-seda thread that run the entire length of the corte. This corte fabric has a crisp feel to it that would be wonderful for use as home decor fabric in addition to being worn.

Additional photos can be found here.

Fabric from cortes can be used in a variety of ways in addition to 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 very excellent used condition, with a few loose threads.



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