Woven corte, or mayan skirt, from Santa Catarina Palopó with lovely ikat design! 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 34″ wide and 72″ long (laid flat). Cortes are generally sewn together at the ends to make a tube for wearing. It has the opening at the long sides as shown in the picture of the corte hanging. If the stitching joining the the tube was removed, this fabric would measure approximately 34″ by 144″ laid out flat. This corte is beautiful with its deep teal colors that reflect the waters of Lake Atitlan, and a lovely ikat design.
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 great used condition, with little sign of wear, perhaps a few loose threads. A lovely textile!