Purple Guatemalan Coverlet
This gorgeous purple Guatemalan coverlet is the perfect decor piece for your bed or sofa. It was hand woven from pure cotton using a traditional backstrap loom by talented artisans from Aguas Calientes in Guatemala. Weavers work sitting down, using song to keep count of threads and building their prized fabric out from their torso. Because of this, the weavers are said to have ‘given birth’ to their work. The carefully brocaded decoration is typical of the area, with each community having their own unique design. This Guatemalan coverlet melds contemporary Latin American tastes with traditional techniques for truly stunning results, that will transform any home.
L: 61.02x W: 78.74 inches
Hues of Purple with Blue, Green, Orange and Red details
The Purple Guatemalan Coverlet was handwoven by skilled artisans on a traditional backstrap loom. Artisans have used backstrap looms throughout Central America since pre-Colombian times. These simple yet ingenious tools are much smaller than pedal looms, and consist mostly of string, sticks and a strap. The strap loops around the waist of the weaver, which is where the backstrap loom gets its name.
In use, the weaver ties one end of the loom to a tree or pole and maintains tension by pulling back on the strap on the other end. The weaver usually sits on the ground or on a bench whilst working, with the woven fabric moving away from them as they progress. Because of this, the weaver is said to be ‘giving birth’ to the fabric. Due to being simple and portable, the backstrap loom is much more versatile than other weaving tools. This, however, also means that they are not able to produce large pieces of fabric.
For generations, women from Aguas Calientes, in Guatemala, have woven traditional garments using backstrap looms. They often brocade these pieces with intricate designs, like this purple Guatemalan coverlet, which tell mythical tales. Diamonds represent the shape of the earth and sky, while undulating lines symbolize fertility and natural abundance. Three vertical lines represent ancestral figures, and there are often depictions of the rain god who watches over the creation.
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