Handmade by the Chucam weaving cooperative, this high-quality patchwork quilt set brings energy and zest to your room with hues of rust and orange. Both the quilt and square pillowcase covers have a natural feel and feature floral accents....more
This handcrafted, high-quality patchwork quilt and pillow cover set includes 1 patchwork quilt and 3 embroidered pillow covers.
Both the quilt and pillow covers combine a vibrant red/rust color with a variety of indigenous designs and patterns. The pillow covers are designed to complement the quilt rather than match it exactly. We strongly recommend that you hand wash your quilt and pillow covers in cold water and hang it to dry, or have it professionally dry cleaned.
The Story Behind The Product
Chucam is a small farming village located in the Department (County) of El Quiche, Guatemala. The community is located about 3 miles away from the town of Chichicastenango, but the road to town is not paved and access to the village becomes difficult during the rainy season. The families of the community are very poor, but the women know the ancestral art of weaving and use it as a supplemental income to provide a better life for their children. In 2001, eight Chucam families banded together to form a weaving cooperative to make beautiful patchwork quilts and other embroidered textiles. Their incomes have doubled if not tripled, and dozens of additional Chucam families have become involved. More importantly, the men don't have to leave for months at a time looking for work in the sugar cane fields and many more of the village?s children are able to stay in school.
Due to the hand-dyeing process and difference of monitor colors, some quilt and pillow cover colors may vary slightly. Worldstock.com tries to accurately represent all textile colors in copy. Please refer to the text above for a description of colors in the pillow covers and quilt.
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King quilt:104 in. x 94 in.<br>Queen quilt: 94 in. x 92 in.<br>Pillow cover: 18ins. x 18 ins
Cotton w/ poly backing on quilt
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This fair trade item is absolutely gorgeous - reds, rusts, browns, and a hint of black. Very rich, warm colors, not gaudy. Well made. The pillows are stunningly beautiful and are a wonderful accent on the bed. Buy oversized because the quilt is fairly short. The quilt is decorative, not intended for warmth.
When I opened the package I was shocked at just how RED the quilt was. When I put it on the bed I started to panic and I hated it! Then I put my orange throw pillows on and it changed the entire thing! It pulled the orange colors out and now I'm loving it! If I only had the throws it came with I think I would have been returning it. I'm glad I didn't have to do that. I love it, my husband loves it and even the kids like it. The quality is great and the work is beautiful! I will be sure to dry clean it as suggested to maintain the rich colors. Overall, a GREAT product!
I had read other people's reviews before I decided to purchase this, and they were all correct. The quilt and pillows are just gorgeous and the quality is just great. I used mine to cover a sofa and love how the pillows are not matchy matchy, but coordinate beautifully.
I hesitated before ordering this item because I was originally looking for something cheaper, but I was attracted by the handcrafted/fair trade aspect. Also, my daughter, who studied Spanish in Guatemala several years ago, had visited the co-op outside of Xela that makes these and was excited to see them available online. I am overjoyed with my purchase. The coverlet (it isn't really a "quilt" but a top with a black cotton backing) combines patches which mostly feature stripes of various earth tones, but also some needlepoint-y flowers and zigzag designs on some of the patches. The colors are lustrous and some patches have sparkly threads running through them, though I don't know whether this will last through repeated launderings. The three pillow covers each have different, but coordinating, floral embroidery on the front and a zipper opening in the back to insert an 18" x 18" pillow form. While orange predominates in the quilt, the main color in the pillows is dark red. Some other reviewers have complained about a musty smell, but mine arrived clean and odorless.
Did the color match the color displayed onsite? yes, but the real thing is more beautiful than the picture conveys.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. The coverlet top is carefully and accurately pieced, and the pillows beautifully tailored.
How accurate was the sizing? The dimensions were as listed. The "king size" just covers my queen size Tempur-pedic mattress.
This quilt is very unusual, and has all the expected uniqueness of a hand-made quilt. It isn't perfect - it looks like something your loving grandmother would make, rather than something off of a computer-run machine on an assembly line. The back of the quilt is a satin black material. It comes with 3 pillow covers, not just the one shown, in 3 different designs. You must provide your own pillows. Some say that it has more red in it than they expected, but I feel that it looks exactly like the picture. The quilt doesn't have any batting in it, so it isn't designed to keep you warm.
The set is beautiful. The primary colors in the quilt is burnt orange/rust, with a few dark crimson accents and a black border. The accent pillow are each different and distinctly beautiful. The workmanship is excellent. I get lots of compliments on it.
The colors on the quilt are truly rich and beautiful
However, even tho I've washed the quilt it continues to bleed onto other fabrics it comes into contact with.
The quilt is very heavy, thus we keep it at the end of the bed more for decoration.
The three pillows are unique, and lovely, but look like a mismatch with the quilt.
I lived and traveled in Mexico and Central America in the 60's and was in the area where these textiles are produced. To be able to purchase something so lovely, while helping to preserve traditional crafts, and the people who have produced them for hundreds of years and whose culture is being obliterated by our "Brave New World" is a win/win opportunity.
Are the pillow covers for euro shams? It says 18x18. Are there 3 18x18 pillow cover?ldinca on Dec 8, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello ldinca, On the Rust Patchwork Quilt Set (Guatemala) Yes, the 3 pillow covers are for euro shams in size 18 x 18 inch throw pillow covers. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 10, 2013
No they are not Euro shams, which are typically 26 x 26.alice60 on Jun 14, 2014
Is the material kind of velvet? It looks like one on the picture.
Thanksmarie2002 on Oct 24, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Yes, the pillow designs on front are done in a velvet fabric. Not my favorite, but does work nicely with the quilt.eamfh1230 on Apr 9, 2013
Several reviews have stated that the quilts are smaller than expected. Is the size given in the Product Details the actual size of the quilt?vv64 on Sep 15, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Are these fabrics prewashed or preshrunk? If not, are these Guatemalan fabrics color fast? Does the quilt have to be laundered before first use? Is it necessary to use Retayne or vinegar in the first wash? Will the color stain other bedding?ptaps on Jun 20, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
They are not pre-shrunk or pre-washed. There is very little bleeding in Guatemalan quilts these days, but we still suggest hand washing or washing on delicate to prevent pulls in the embroidery. overstockcustomercare1 on Jun 21, 2012
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