414 Corte Santiago Chimaltenango-0093Santiago Chimaltenango

Striking vintage woven corte from the area of Santiago Chimaltenango in the department of Huehuetenango. This 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 34″ wide and 42″ 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 34″ by 84″ laid out flat.

 This corte is beautiful with its simple design and pale peach and teal stripes that compliment the huipiles from the Santiago Chimaltenango region. The designs are done in a wonderful variety of colors on the black background fabric. This is an older piece, with more muted colors and less elaborate patterns. The corte is made of a cotton blend with cotton woven accents. Fabric from cortes can be used in a variety of ways, such as table covers, bed covers, curtains, throw pillows, clothing, etc.

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 This vintage corte is in good used condition, with little sign of wear. There is some fading of the black background, mostly on the edges and and the underside of the fabric, as the women generally hang the clothes to dry in the sun with the reverse side out to prevent excessive fading.





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