Guatemalan Vintage Patchwork Cushion 50x50cm

$139.00

This colourful throw pillow  has been repurposed from vintage Mayan clothing textiles called huipils.

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 for many generations to come.

Guatemala is, known for its world famous textiles dating back to Mayan times.

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.

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 

Approx. size: 50 x 50cm

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.

Hand crafted

SHIPPING FOR THIS ITEM: We can only offer free delivery within 5km from our Malvern store or click & collect. If you need this item shipped, please note that free shipping DOES NOT apply to any of our large or bulky items. When your order is completed, you will be contacted with a confirmation and delivery cost via email. Alternatively, you can email us at info@origenimports.com.au to obtain a shipping quote before purchasing.