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 weavers waist. Jaspe is an intense process that involves strategically tying and dying 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 (munecas).
Shawls can have many uses in Guatemala. Women could wrap them to carry babies or groceries, throw them on pots to keep food warm and of course they are wearable.
Circa: 20th c
Dimensions: 78" x 30"
Inventory number: TX4989