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.

Imported


Ships Carbon Neutral*

Specs

Features
Style Bohemian & Eclectic
Material Cotton
Pattern Embroidered
Season or Holiday All Seasons
Pillow Shape Square
Color Blue, Red, Yellow
Fill Type Cotton
Product Features Handmade
Worldstock Worldstock
Dimensions 18 in. square
Model Number na
Country of Origin Guatemala
  • 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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  • nice workmanship
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Yellow/Gold - 18 x 18

    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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  • Moderately Satisfied
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Vivid Blue - 18 x 18

    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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  • beautiful and unique
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Red/Rust - 12 x 12

    I love these pillow covers! I bought two of the rust/red roses. Given the price, I knew they could not be hand embroidered. But, even though the embroidery was done on a machine, the individual human beings behind it are very much in evidence. My two pillow covers are similar, but not identical. The background colors are a little different, the shapes of the roses are different, and one of them has a metallic thread worked into some of the roses. You can see that even while they conformed to the basic design (and the covers do look like the photo on the website), the people who made them added their own individual creative touches, so each cover is unique. My two covers are close enough that they harmonize beautifully, but just different enough to be interesting.

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  • Love these pillow covers!
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    Option: Vivid Blue - 18 x 18

    I had previously bought the patchwork quilt and the pillow covers in rust were included. I loved them so much, I ordered the blue ones to go in my living room, which has blue denim curtains. The fabric on one side is heavy and substantial, but soft on the cheek for napping. And the embroidery work on the other side is of very high quality, no loose threads. The colors and design are splendid, brilliant and beautifully done! The covers fit perfectly over some throw pillows I had paid the same amount for a few months ago and were already coming apart. I haven't had to wash them yet, but would suggest cold water to prevent fading. Very highly recommend this product!

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  • You will not regret purchasing!
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Yellow/Gold - 18 x 18

    I love these pillow covers. Not only are they fair trade, they are incredibly well made, unique, and 100% cotton. They are true to size as well. I ordered the yellow/green combination and I love them. They are true to the color shown online. One size has the patchwork, the other side has woven stripes. I like that the back isn't a solid color or matching the patchwork on the front. My living room is kind of a mishmash of ikat, modern art, and now I am very happy to display these amazing pillows.

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  • Good quality
    Verified Purchase

    Bought two yellow/gold pillow covers...was amazed by it's quality! Solid product. Can't wait until read/earth becomes available.

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  • Very Nice But........
    Verified Purchase

    I bought the red and gold/yellow pillow covers. The red was exactly that was shown on the website. However, since the other pillow was labeled gold/yellow, I thought my monitor was just not showing the correct colors. As it turns out, after receiving the pillow cover, I realized that my monitor was accurate. The pillow cover is actually green/yellow with more green than yellow. Someone needs to rename this color to green/yellow since current label is grossly misleading. I'm not sure how anyone could see that as gold/yellow. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the quality of the covers and would purchase more if needed. They really are quite lovely.

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  • better than expected --and by the hand
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Rose/Mixed pastel - 18 x 18

    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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  • Lovely Splash of Color!
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Red/Earth tones - 18 x 18

    The pillow covers match the quilt exactly, and look GREAT on the bed. The quilt and the pillow cover are heavy material. My only change to the pillow cover would be for it to have a black back (as the quilt does) instead of a striped one. The stripes don't match anything. The black on the borders and back of the quilt make it look dramatic when it's draped. I think it would have done the same for the pillow, plus, it would have made the pillow 'reversible' to black. The stripes on the back mean I have to make sure the patchwork side is always showing. But, that said, I would buy another, and probably will. Great quality. Red is partly a rust color, but includes enough other true red to make it match either color in your decor.

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  • 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.

    Read More
  • Moderately Satisfied
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Vivid Blue - 18 x 18

    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.

    Read More
  • Guatemalan Pillow Cases
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Red/Earth tones - 18 x 18

    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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  • nice workmanship
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Yellow/Gold - 18 x 18

    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.

    Read More
  • better than expected --and by the hand
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Rose/Mixed pastel - 18 x 18

    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!

    Read More
  • Beautiful pillow covers
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Red/Rust - 12 x 12

    These are gorgeous and well made! It is comforting also to be helping families in Guatemala who make them...Highly recommend!

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  • These throw pillow covers are top of the line.
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Yellow/Gold - 18 x 18

    When I saw these throw pillows covers and the beautiful colors I just knew they were what I wanted.They are top of the line.Good quality and the fabric has a good feel.Very happy with them and told my friends how great they are.

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  • beautiful
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Red/Earth tones - 18 x 18

    I got the red ones, and they look exactly as pictured. I love them.

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  • Very Nice But........
    Verified Purchase

    I bought the red and gold/yellow pillow covers. The red was exactly that was shown on the website. However, since the other pillow was labeled gold/yellow, I thought my monitor was just not showing the correct colors. As it turns out, after receiving the pillow cover, I realized that my monitor was accurate. The pillow cover is actually green/yellow with more green than yellow. Someone needs to rename this color to green/yellow since current label is grossly misleading. I'm not sure how anyone could see that as gold/yellow. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the quality of the covers and would purchase more if needed. They really are quite lovely.

    Read More
  • Funky, well-made pillow covers
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Red/Earth tones - 18 x 18

    I bought these covers for my lady after showing her the bedspread version for myself. She really liked the patchwork and buying them provided me a selfish opportunity to see if I wanted to invest in the bedspread. After seeing these I definitely will. You just can't find anything around here so original and funky. Oh, btw, the chemical smell dissipates quickly after they sit out of the plastic for a day or two, so don't freak out.

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  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Rose/Mixed pastel - 18 x 18

    These don't look as nice as I saw in the picture.

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  • Beautiful blue and great quality.
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Blue/Mixed pastel - 18 x 18

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    I purchased the blue and it is Beautiful. The quality is great and I have had numerous complements on the set. My daughter in law wanted to know where I got it as soon as she saw it.

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  • Embroidered Patchwork Cotton Pillow Covers
    Verified Purchase

    These were disappointing and i returned them.

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  • pillow cover
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Vivid Blue - 18 x 18

    exactly as pictured very detailed work, will purchase others in different colors

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  • Guatemalan pillows
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Vivid Blue - 18 x 18

    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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  • Wonderful colors
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Rose/Mixed pastel - 18 x 18

    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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  • MB
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Red/Earth tones - 18 x 18

    Was o.k.; once received, just didn't fit what we were looking for.

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  • Ugly and not the right color
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Rose/Mixed pastel - 18 x 18

    These looked too much like something one might have bought in a hippie head shop in the 70's, and the colors didn't work for me, so I sent them back. Overstock makes it easy, but beware: if you use the shipping label they provide, they charge you for the return postage.

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  • Stunning shams!
    Verified Purchase

    These pieces from Guatemala are beautiful. They are well made and stunning to look at.

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  • Gorgeous
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Blue/Mixed pastel - 18 x 18

    A very beautiful handmade quilted pillow. The screen color indicated more purple in the blue design, but since these are handmade that's a quibble. The zipper is sensitive and split once, however it's a self repairing zipper so with some effort it was fixed.

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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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