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Guatemalan  Mayan Skirts - Cortes and Morga Material & Textiles  
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Skirt material is usually hand-woven on a foot loom by men. A woman then takes rectangular panel(s) of  cloth and sews the ends of the cloth together to form a "tube-shaped" wrap-around skirt. Sometimes a "randa" or embroidered seam is used to decorate the seam, other times it is a simple machine or hand-sewn seam.  If the woman wants a longer skirt, she may attach two panels of foot-loomed cloth together.  In some pueblos, two paneled skirts with colorful "randa" seams connecting the panels is traditional and preferred.  A woman then steps into the tube skirt, pulls it around her with appropriate pleats and tucks and then attaches it firmly with a sash or belt.  In a few areas such as Coban the skirts have a distinctively different form.

Traditionally most pueblos had a distinct skirt that that was worn with its huipil. The skirt was called a "morga" and  usually made of un-mercerized cotton that was dyed various shades of indigo blue and looked like quality "denim".  Variations in white or lighter blue stripes and the type of embroidered seam or "randa" that was used to attach fabric together made each pueblo's morga distinctive. A few pueblos had black and white morgas.  Today commercial dyes have replaced the natural indigo dye and in many pueblos the morgas have been replaced with "jaspe" or ikat "corte". 

The "jaspe" (also called jaspeado) corte has tie-died threads that make various patterns in the stripes of the skirt. The threads are generally cotton. Some skirts also have threads made of acrylic, metalic and other synthetic materials. Patterns are complex and some have named designs such as "munacas" (dolls).  Textile centers such as Salcaja, San Cristobal Totonicapan and Totonicapan make the rainbow of  jaspe corte cloth that are worn by Mayan women from many pueblos. Some pueblos have jaspe corte designs and colors that are distinct to the pueblo (for example, Amolonga, Santiago Atitlan, Santa Caterina Palopo and Chichicastenango) and probably have local foot-loom weavers as well as buy from the textile centers.

Pictured below are thumb-nail pictures of some of the skirts and skirt material we have.   Click on the village's name or the skirt inventory number below to get information about price, size and condition. The skirts were bought in the women's markets of Guatemala and most have been worn. They are are generally in good to very good condition unless noted otherwise.  As with any hand-woven textile there is some variability. In most of our pictures the long dimension of the fabric has been folded in half.  Some of the skirts retain their tube-shape form with their ends still seamed together, other skirts have had the seam cut and are simply a rectangular piece of fabric. We will indicate in the description whether the fabric's form is "tube-shaped" or "rectangular" and how many panels the skirt is made of.   To make it easier to compare skirts/skirt material -  the dimensions we provide are for the total length and width of the piece of fabric (irregardless of whether or not the skirt is seamed into a tube-shape or not).   


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Click on the village's name or the skirt inventory number to get information about price, size and condition.

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Chichicastenango

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Coban    .   1 more to add 7/14
Jaspe (Ikat) Skirts
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Multicolored Jaspe

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San Antonio Aguas Caliente

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Morga with Stripes and randas  (various villages) ---

 

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Nahuala
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San Juan Sacatepequez Morga ---  

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Santiago Atitlan Corte --- 

 


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