Guatemala, Concepcion Poou Coy Tharin, Purple Wall-hanging with Men and Leaves Design
Product name: Purple Wall-hanging with Men and Leaves Design
Type of product: Mayan back-strap loom with woven textile
Description (story of the item): This is a complete loom decorative wall-hanging in the traditional pikb'il style of my ancestors. I wove it at my home in Tarpon Springs, FL, USA. It is a white on purple cotton weave. The sticks of the loom are made from pine. The fine 100% cotton thread I use I have only been able to find in my home region of Guatemala due to the scarcity of weavers who weave in this tradition and the painstaking process of soaking the thread in a corn starch before setting up the loom to keep the fine threads from breaking. This wall-hanging features an intricate design and patterns passed down through generations. These delicate patterns are created through a painstaking process known as a pik’bil of creating a raised design in the fabric by carefully lifting interweaving the threads in the desired shapes. The patterns here are men and pacaya leaves. It took a about 10 days for me to weave. It will come on the complete loom it was woven on. This is an original and one of a kind piece.
Materials: 100% cotton thread, pine sticks, bamboo stretcher
Length: 50.8 cm
Width of fabric: 28 cm
Length of sticks/full width: 35.6 cm