Handmade Pair Cotton Cushion Covers, 'Blue Jaspe Tradition' (Guatemala)

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ITEM#: 21008692

Carrying on an indigenous method of ikat weaving known as jaspe, Las Orquideas Weavers demonstrate a technique that is little practiced today amongst Guatemalans. These talented weavers capture the exquisite beauty of the traditional technique with this pair of cotton cushion covers. Black, lapis, and white jaspe designs adorn the deep blue square covers, which a feature a button closure on the solid blue back.

Product Features:
  • Dimensions: 18 inches long x 18 inches wide
  • Worldstock Country: Guatemala
  • Material: Cotton
  • Color: Blue

Story Behind the Art:
My name is Casimira and I'm very happy to share the story of Las Orquideas 'The Orchids' a weavers' group formed in Western Guatemala in 2011. Our town is known for its weaving on traditional the floor loom, and an ikat technique, known as jaspe. Jaspe is a complicated technique of tie-dying the threads before they are placed on the looms to create predetermined patterns. We learned this from our mothers and grandmothers. Our looms are different from backstrap looms, in which the weaver kneels and leans backward and forward to loosen and tighten the tension. We weave while standing. 'Jaspe fabric is a traditional textile which we use for our clothing and rebozos. The patterns and motifs are meaningful in our culture, religion and society. They represent our flora and fauna. 'We love our work and are actively supporting the effort to rescue and perpetuate our traditional Maya weaving. Our textile techniques date back to the pre-Hispanic and pre-colonial eras. The fabrics we create are similar to the cloth made 500 years ago. Thus, our work represents a cultural legacy. 'Currently, our group has more than 50 artisans and nearly all of us are women. Since we formed the group, our family incomes have increased, our quality of life has improved and we feel very proud because people around the country recognize our textile artistry.'

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.



Material Cotton
Pattern Motif
Pillow Shape Round
Color Blue
Country of Origin Guatemala
Product Features Handmade
Worldstock Worldstock
Dimensions 18 inches long x 18 inches wide
Model Number 270263
Country of Origin Guatemala

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