Guatemalan indigo fabrics are very easy to repurpose into one of a kind home decor items. With the vintage indigo ikat textiles I carry in my shop you can request a custom order or DIY a set of table placemats and napkins. For inspiration, the photo above from The Global Trunk illustrates the character and casual elegance a humble Guatemalan ikat fabric can bring to a table top.
Guatemalan indigo ikat fabrics are available in the Morrissey Fabric shop on Etsy and on this website. You will find a nice selection of vintage Guatemalan ikat corte fabrics to create whatever it is you need for a table top update. Most of the Guatemalan textiles I carry are called corte cloth. Simply translated, "Corte" means skirt. Authentic Corte cloth was originally woven with back strap looms throughout villages in Guatemala. The vintage ikat textiles are typically in very good condition.
Guatemalan corte cloth is most often hand crafted from cotton. The weight of the corte fabrics will vary depending on the region and village the Guatemalan cloth originates from. The vintage corte cloth used for the pillow above has many distinctive traits. For example, the embroidered stripe running horizontally across the pillow face is called a "Randa." Since these textiles were worn as skirts, the randa was a decorative way to disguise the seam where the two length ends were joined together to make one large tube of fabric. This ikat corte cloth also has a very interesting pattern. If you look closely you will see figures and trees woven into the unique Guatemalan design.
Vintage Guatemalan corte cloth makes a wonderful upholstery textile. The indigo blue striped corte used to upholster the antique loveseat above is very sturdy cotton. Note the elaborately embroidered randa detail on this Guatemalan textile. This type of heavy embroidery is not easy to find on a vintage corte cloth so the decorative feature is prominently centered as the focal point on the furniture frame.
The indigo corte cloth seen here is a very heavy denim-like plaid. I'm told that these particular corte cloth are woven by Guatemalan men. Once again, the decorative randa embroidery is used to cover the seam where two long pieces of Guatemalan indigo are joined to make a wider width. The randa that runs across the length only appears in one area where the length ends were joined. As with most of the vintage textiles I carry, these Guatemalan textiles were created to be worn as garments, so the size will typically be like that of a large beach towel.
Guatemalan corte cloth is not the regions only garment easily repurposed into home decor. For Morrissey Fabric I used a vintage Guatemalan Huipile to make a pair of unique and vibrant pillows. A Guatemalan Huipile is a top or blouse. I'm often amazed by how thick the huipile weaves are and that a tiny village woman wore the heavy garment. The Guatemalan huipile I used for these pillows was quite damaged along the lower portion, so I cut the unusable part and replaced it with homespun African mud cloth so that I could complete two 20-inch square pillows.
Vintage Guatemalan corte cloth from my Etsy shop was used for the tulip skirt pictured, designed by Maria Strauss. This is one of a collection she designed for her high-end Florida-based label, Just Be Queen. One of the many desirable features of vintage Guatemalan corte cloth is that is was not mass produced. This affords apparel and home decor designers to repurpose these textiles into limited edition and one-off creations.
Indigo corte cloth may be very dark indigo blue or more faded in color. Since I am based along the coast in Southern California, I am often asked to source very light and faded indigo blue Guatemalan textiles for my clients. This is a tall order indeed. I have found that the indigenous Guatemalan people who wear this decorative cloth value the textile and have cared for it so as to prevent much wear or fading. But as you can see by the pillows pictured above, the deep indigo blue color is right at home among the rest of the rustic elements in the space.
Please check the Guatemalan fabric sections on this website or my Etsy shop for a wide range of vintage ikat and indigo textiles.