Guatemala, Concepcion Poou Coy Tharin, White Scarf with Pacaya Leaves
Product Name: White Scarf with Pacaya Leaves
Type of product: scarf, Mayan back-strap woven textile
This scarf was woven on a back-strap loom 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 white cotton weave. The designs are woven in by hand in a brocade style. 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 scarf features an intricate design and patterns passed down through generations. These delicate patterns are created through a painstaking process known as pik’bil, of creating a raised design in the fabric by carefully lifting interweaving the threads in the desired shapes. The patterns here are little ball shapes and pacaya leaves. It's very soft to wear it, you can wear it anywhere. Wash by hand, iron if needed. It took two weeks for me to weave. This is an original and one of a kind piece.
Materials: 100% cotton thread
Width: 21.3 cm
Length: 218 cm
Length: 61 cm