Antique and Vintage

20th Century Guatemalan Ikat Shawl

$825

Handmade
Antique and Vintage 20th Century Guatemalan Ikat Shawl
  • Antique and Vintage 20th Century Guatemalan Ikat Shawl
  • Antique and Vintage 20th Century Guatemalan Ikat Shawl

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Antique and Vintage 20th Century Guatemalan Ikat Shawl

To Mayan weavers, the globally known ikat technique is called jaspe. Traditional artisans have been using this method since the Pre-Columbian era and still use it today. It is woven on a back-strap loom, which gets its name from the strap that goes around the weaver's waist. Jaspe is an intense process that involves strategically tying and ding the warp threads before weaving. The precision of the artisan's ties determines the clarity of the design. This piece is likely from the town of Totonicapán, due to its imagery of doll figures or munecas. 

• Hand-Dyed Ikat Design; Jaspe Technique
• Handwoven on a Back-Strap Loom
• Hand-Knotted and Fringed on Short Edges
• Medium Weight

Vintage and antique textiles have experienced a full life before making their way to our stores. A vintage item of exceptional quality should not be viewed as brand new, as it shows signs of a lifetime, or several, being used and appreciated by its original makers. Evidence of this well-lived life may be visible in slightly distressed fabric, loose threads, small tears, non-standard sizes and other unique imperfections.

Material: 100% Cotton
Size: Approx. 78" x 30"
Origin: Made in Guatemala