Guatemalan Vintage Chi Chi Cushion 30x50

$139.00

This gorgeous throw pillow is repurposed from a vintage Mayan clothing textile called a huipil.

This design features the magical quetzal (the bird of Guatemala) amidst vivid geometrical designs, owls, and butterflies.

Each huipil has been handmade on a back strap loom - taking over a month to make using age old techniques.

Sourced from indigenous markets in Guatemala, each pattern identifies its origin from a specific village that once belonged to a family for several generations….

Now it has a new life in this decorative accent pillow to be treasured .

Approx. size: 30 x 50cm

Materials: 

Front: Vintage Textile

Back: Denim hand woven cotton made from a traditional corte ( also made from repurposed textiles ) - please see photo for reference only.

Invisible zipper 

Care: Dry Clean Only

Note: These cushion covers are made from pre-loved vintage, handmade textiles and as such may have signs of irregularity in colour or weaving, or wear and ageing, including fading, spots, worn or loose threads. We view these aspects of the textile not as a fault, but rather as a beautiful reminder of the authenticity and story behind each cushion cover.

Each item is unique and therefore so very special.

The origin of textiles goes way back to their Mayan history. In ancient times Mayan culture was one of the most complex civilisations of the time. The Mayan people excelled in many areas, particularly in the artistic production of textiles and fabrics. Weaving was considered to be a sacred action that connected the Mayan people to the goddess Ix Chel. Their designs revolved around themes of spirituality, history, personal identity and cosmological philosophy.

After the arrival of the Spanish to the region, many Mayan cultural practices were destroyed. Weaving however survived and the Mayan women continued to create beautiful, intricate textiles. To this day it has become a cultural symbol of the nation.

It enables women and their daughters to continue to make clothes for themselves and their families and more recently, to create woven textiles as a business to help support their families.