GUATEMALAN MAYAN CLOTH
Ancient Mayan fabrics exist as some of the finest examples of hand-weaving in the world. According to Maya Quiche mythology, Ixchel, the Moon Goddess and consort of Itzaman, the Sun God, is the patron deity of weaving. She is depicted throughout ancient Mayan art sitting in profile, with one end of her loom tied to a tree and the other around her waist. She is weaving with the shuttle in her left hand. Today, the traditional women of the Guatemalan highlands continue to weave these amazing textiles the same way. The use of the back-strap loom, which can be used for work almost anywhere, is still the predominant method of production. Various types of fabric can be woven on a back-strap loom, traditionally, however, it is used to create the fabric foundation of the traje (traditional dress of every Mayan woman), which includes the huipil (blouse), the corte (sash belt), as well as a falda (skirt). The design of the huipil is a testament of cultural identity and artistic expression as each weaver weaves her own history and philosophy of the universe into the garment. One huipil may take several months to weave depending on the complexity of the design of the garment and the textiles themselves. The exotic, colorful, woven patterns that define them date back thousands of years, each representing a Mayan town or village. The fabric is 100% cotton, dyed and woven by Mayan descendants in the Guatemalan highlands. The bright colors are produced using natural dyes extracted from native plants. The thick traditional fabric produces garments of excellent durability, which will last through years of use.
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