Vintage Guatemalan textiles come in the full range of colors. The texture of hand crafted patterns gives these unique fabrics extra depth. The additional embroidery detail stitched on top is called a randa. This randa is a decorative way to disquise two narrower pieces of cloth joined to make one wider cloth.
The sofa above is an amazing example of how to use vintage Guatemalan corte cloth for upholstery. The tight weave of the indigo textile almost looks like velvet. The embroidered randa of the corte cloth was skillfully placed to balance the focal points of the upholstery work. These Guatemalan textiles are very durable so this sofa will last for many years to come.
The indigo ikat corte cloth pillows above are a personal favorite of mine. These custom made pillows were sent to a client in Florida after hurricane Irma caused severe water damage to her home. The cheery feeling of the Guatemalan cloth is more subdued due to the dark indigo color. The colorful randa embroidery hints at at the artisan's joy in creating these corte fabrics.
Vintage corte cloth from Guatemala is hand made in many variations in many different villages.
It takes years to become an expert on where each style originates. But I rely on indigenous Guatemalan associates to assist in identifying each unique style. Each style of Guatemalan corte cloth is suited for various occasions, The green and black corte cloth above is right at home on the vintage cain-back chair.
The selection of Guatemalan textiles found in my shop varies daily. I'm always on the lookout for more vintage Guatemalan cloth to offer my on line customers. It's a pleasure to search out and discover these hand made Guatemalan textile treasures for your home and unique design vision.