Guatemalan textiles can be repurposed for any number of design projects. I prefer the vintage Guatemalan fabrics that come from huipils (tops), Cortes (skirts) and Nahualas (sashes). These vintage Guatemalan textiles are full of the same warm personality and charm that artisan who made them embodied.
Pillows are by far the easiest item to create from these colorful decorative fabrics. The pillows make unique accents when placed within a monochromatic space, or mixed with multiple patterns for a bohemian style statement.
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Guatemalan vintage fabrics can be easily pieced back to denim, indigo mud cloth, or linen if you don't have a large enough piece of cloth. The pillow above could be duplicated by using a Guatemalan Nahuala (sash) in sewn together with laundered denim or a vintage indigo mud cloth remnant.
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A Guatemalan Nahuala Sash would be just the textile to use as a pillow center. You could also use this type of Guatemalan vintage fabric to make one-off pockets for a denim garment. Or why not use as it was originally intended? The 102-inch length will wrap around most any Boho-style blouse or denim trench coat.
Vintage Guatemalan Corte cloth complete wit randa detail sews up into a unique and pet-friendly doggie bed. One piece of Guatemalan corte cloth typically measures 3.5 yards long by 39/40 inches wide, so there would be plenty in one corte cloth for such a project. This little guy looks right at home on his Guatemalan textile bed by KaKaw Designs. Find a wide range of Guatemalan corte cloth fabric in my shop or at my Etsy store in the link below..
Of course one of the simpler projects would be to make yourself a tote. I have plenty of simple ikat corte cloth in the shop. The pieces are often very large, so I do offer half-pieces of vintage Guatemalan ikat. The ready-to-wear tote bag above, or similar, is available from KaKaw Designs.
Whether it's upholstery or apparel design on your to-do list, be sure to take a look in my shop to see if one of these vintage Guatemalan textiles catches your eye. Or you can message me if you are looking for a particular global textile you don't see in my store.
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