Handmade Embroidered Patchwork Cotton Pillow Cover (Guatemala)

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ITEM#: 10496100

This pillow cover is created by Mayan cooperatives and handcrafted in the western highlands of Guatemala. Available in several colors and patterns, this cotton cover will brighten up any room.

Product Features:
  • Available in vivid blue, yellow/gold, blue/mixed pastels, rose/mixed pastels, red/earth tones or red/rust color options
  • 100-percent cotton patches
  • Features a zippered, cotton backing
  • Measures 18 inches wide x 18 inches long
  • Earth Friendly

Story Behind the Art:
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.

What is Worldstock?

The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.


Ships Carbon Neutral*


Style Bohemian
Material Cotton
Pattern Embroidered
Season or Holiday All Seasons
Pillow Shape Square
Color Blue, Red, Yellow
Country of Origin Guatemala
Fill Type Cotton
Product Features Handmade
Worldstock Worldstock
Dimensions 18 in. square
Model Number na
Country of Origin Guatemala

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  • Most Recent

  • Embroidered Patchwork Cotton Pillow Covers
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    These were disappointing and i returned them.

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    jrmcd Apr 21, 2017
  • pillow cover
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    exactly as pictured very detailed work, will purchase others in different colors

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    OstkUser300508 Oct 30, 2016
  • Guatemalan pillows
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    Beautifully colored hand crafted item which completes the not exactly matching quilt. I wouldn't have it any other other way as the artisan's pride is apparent just the way it is. Love it!

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    sortachai May 27, 2016
  • Wonderful colors
    Verified Purchase

    I ordered the multi colored rose tones and get compliments fairly often. I also like knowing the maybe my small contribution helps some poor woman feed her family!

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    Merzmaid Oct 1, 2015
  • MB
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    Was o.k.; once received, just didn't fit what we were looking for.

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    William B. Sep 2, 2015
  • Most Helpful

  • Beautiful pillow covers
    Verified Purchase

    These pillow covers from Guatemala are really beautiful. I got the red/earth tones, and the colors are very rich. They are very well-made. Even though the covers are 18", I got the 20" down pillow inserts from Overstock to put in them, and they work perfectly. 18" inserts would be too small and make the pillow flatten easily.

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    natashanc Aug 13, 2010
  • Moderately Satisfied
    Verified Purchase

    The quality of this product is perfectly in order, as described. My only complaint and perhaps a large one would be that the pillow I ordered came nothing like what it appears like online. I appreciate that this is not a mass-made item, but I was hoping a little more similarity between the one online and the one I ordered. I ordered the blue one with the floral pattern. Online it appears to have large intricate flowers with leaves. More simplistic circular flowers appear on the one I received. Also the colouring was way off. Mine is clearly purple background with dark, dark blue and black flowers. I kept the pillow, but I feel frustrated that it is so different from the example online.

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    iloveplaya Jan 14, 2008
  • Guatemalan Pillow Cases
    Verified Purchase

    Having just adopted a child from Guatemala, we wanted something in our living room that we could look at and share with our daughter the lovely pillow cases we purchased from her birth country. They are beautiful and we would like to recommend them to others. The zipper did, however, break when placing it inside the first pillow case, but I opted to take it to a seamstress rather than send it back.

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    virginia1234567 Aug 25, 2007
  • nice workmanship
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    I was looking for a cotton, cushion cover, in a similar color for quite a long time, I was very happy when I found this, because it was very close to the color I was looking for. I also liked the fact that the design was somewhat geometric, rather than flowery. This pillow has colors ranging from light yellowish green, to darker, deeper greens. I think I will be able to wash this by hand and iron it, when and if needed, and it will keep its shape. The material, by the way is not overly stiff or overly flimsy, just the right kind which makes this pillow the kind that you can hug and lie down on. I really don't like cushions or cushion covers which are decorated with beads or other hard bits. I like to be able to crush my cushion and not be stabbed by something sharp. I am very happy with the lovely workmanship and great feel of the material, and recommend it if you have similar taste to mine.

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    agnesinla Sep 26, 2012
  • better than expected --and by the hand
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    I will order more of these fine handmade pillow covers, makes me feel good my $ is helping a community that produces such work. I have revived many comments on these and have not found any equal to these in the stores.....excellent!

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    jschmuki Jul 24, 2012

Questions & Answers

  • Q:

    "How do I select different color options only able to see 1 selection blue pastels, cannot find location to select purchase of red colors"

    • A:

      At this time only the blue pastel is available.

  • Q:

    "Your information above is not consistent. One section says the pillows are 16x16 and another section says 18x18. Which is correct? "

    • A:

      I'm sorry for the confusing information. These are 18x18. I will have this updated.

  • Q:

    "How do we know which is which when ordering?"

    • A:

      Hello nettynoo14, please see the second image for each pillow properly listed. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. Thank you for shopping with us!

  • Q:

    "Why did you choose this product?"

    • A:

      style and color

    • A:

      I liked the color scheme of the Rose combo and it adds a comfortable and eclectic feeling mixed w/ other pillows.

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  • Q:

    "Is this price just for 1 pillow case?"

    • A:

      Hello Jill B, the price listed is for one pillow cover. Please let us know if you have additional questions. Thanks for shopping with us.

  • Q:

    "How should you wash these?"

    • A:

      Hello irene, these pillows feature zippers for easy removal. They are made of cotton, so machine wash accordingly. Thank you for shopping with us!

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