Woven corte, or mayan skirt, in shades of blues with lovely ikat designs of hearts and butterflies! The corte is a wrap-around skirt that consists of a cut of cloth usually joined to form a tube into which the woman steps. Excess material is wrapped around the body, folded at the waist in pleats, and tied with a faja (belt).
This corte measures 43.5″ wide and 76″ 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 43.5″ by 152″ laid out flat, more than 4 yards of fabric! This corte is beautiful with its blue and black colors and detailed ikat design. Note that the corte has been extended by adding an extra strip along the end. Some taller women prefer a longer skirt than the looms provide. This is common.
Fabric from cortes can be used in a variety of ways besides just for 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 good used condition, with a little sign of wear, perhaps a few loose threads and a few slightly worn areas. A lovely textile!