Wonderfully large and soft corte from the region of Chajul in Ixil Triangle in 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 corte measures 35″ wide and 68″ long (doubled). This corte has the opening at the 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 35″ by 136″ laid out flat. There is an additional row of stitching on this corte that divides the tube into two sections. One is folded inside the other to create a ‘lining’ to the skirt. 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 very common.
This is a wonderful and striking corte. This corte is absolutely beautiful with its deep cranberry color and woven accent stripes. The fabric has almost a brushed feel to it. This light to medium weight corte is super soft to the touch and drapes beautifully!
Fabric from cortes can be used in a variety of ways besides skirts, 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 perhaps a few loose threads and and a few small stains and worn areas. A very lovely textile!