478 Corte Zunil pavo real-0044Zunil

Large vintage woven corte, or mayan skirt, full of lovely peacocks! It is from the town of Zuníl. 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 44 1/2″ wide and 47″ 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 44 1/2″ by 94″ laid out flat.

This is a wonderful and striking corte. This corte is very beautiful with rows upon rows of royally perched peacocks in a rainbow of colors, alternating with rows of bright pink lattice work weaving. The background is black cotton blend woven fabric. The randa, or area joining the seams in the fabric, is hand guided, machine embroidery. The design is simple white circles that run the length of the corte.

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Fabric from cortes can be used in a variety of ways, 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 some loose threads, and some wear along the woven design at the edge and on embroidered accents. There is a section of the white embroidery that has be completely worn away. This is a very striking textile in a unique design!




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