I have only recently become familiar with the beauty of vintage Guatemalan Textiles. Since I am based at the coast in California, the indigo blue Guatemalan fabrics work particularly well for home decor. Indigo blue textiles, especially the more worn and faded pieces, make a nice addition to a home with casual style because of the warmth and durability of the cloth. The vintage corte cloth above and below were originally woven to be worn as garments. The term "corte" means skirt. These two textiles are quite heavy so it's a novelty to imagine a tiny indigenous Guatemalan woman wearing them!
inGuatemalan corte cloth makes up into comfortable and durable pillows. The two large pillows above made their way to a new home in Florida after hurricane Harvey. These global-style pillows are the only two of a kind due to the vintage ikat corte cloth that was used to custom make them. Pillows are just one way to display vintage Guatemalan indigo ikat fabrics.
Guatemalan corte cloth is woven with a back strap loom. Beautiful ikat patterns are created with indigo and often mixed with other naturally dyed colors. The Guatemalan corte cloth fabric above has purple, soft plum, and green to liven up the design. You could use a textile like this to place on a table, use as a pick nick blanket, make pillows, or use for slipcovers.
In the photo above, ARA Collective has mixed vintage and new pieces of Guatemalan indigo fabric to display as wraps. The indigo textiles with the fringe are created more recently by artisan coops within Guatemala. I have seen them woven large enough to cover a bed with retail prices topping $500 USD.
Because Guatemalan corte cloth is woven with a back strap loom it can only reach the maximum width a person can reach while seated. Typically the widths range from 36 inches to 40 inches. Can you imagine? If a person is tall and needs more length for their corte, an additional strip of cloth is sewn on at the bottom. In the photo above, the extra cloth was given a decorative embroidery detail and a velvet edge traced with gold trim.
Do consider the unique bohemian appeal of Guatemalan indigo fabrics for your next project. You don't have to sew to use this cloth. Guatemalan textiles work well as-is for throws or tablecloths.