I'm relatively new to the beautiful and colorful Guatemalan world of textiles. I've seen Guatemalan ikat fabrics incorporated into purses and shoes, but I never really considered how the textiles looked as a whole. When I first came across large pieces of vintage Guatemalan fabrics, I stopped dead in my tracks to admire their artisanal beauty. Above is a vintage Guatemalan corte cloth woven on a backstrap loom. The deep indigo blue combined with the crisp white yarn-dyed stripes has a more polished look that some of the Guatemalan ikat textiles. The addition of the colorful embroidered ronda detail makes this Guatemalan textile right at home in a bohemian or coastal setting. I've seen these corte cloth fabrics (corte means skirt) used as beach towels and picnic blankets because they are woven from strong cotton fibers and they are easily washed.
While Guatemalan textiles are easy to style on their own, they also make great home accessories. The pair of pillows seen here has a subtle sophistication about them. Even though they are cotton indigo and have colorful embroidery, they maintain an understated casual elegance. Vintage Guatemalan fabrics are a good way to go to achieve this style.
The textile seen here is an artisanal-made cloth intended for use as a table cloth, or perhaps to be made into a jacket or tote bags. The colors are a bit more contemporary than the vintage Guatemalan textiles, but the fabric is still woven with care and artistry. I like to carry these in my shop when I find them because they are durable and distinctive.
The pillow seen here is made from a Guatemalan corte cloth that has a repeating ikat stripe pattern. Corte cloth such as the vintage piece used for the pillow above can be found in my Morrissey Fabric on line shops. Vintage Guatemalan corte fabrics come in a range of colors although often indigo blue is the most common hue. Of course the multicolor ronda detail makes a nice decorative focal point for the center of the pillow.
The stylish cord covers above are crafted in Guatemala by artisans who work with vintage corte cloth and leathers. The skill involved is clearly illustrated by these small accessories. The vintage ikat corte cloth coordinates back to any color leather because indigo blue looks good with just about anything.
Stay tuned for my next post about Guatemalan vintage textiles. I'll be showcasing several limited edition pillows and floor cushions made exclusively for Morrisseyfabric.com