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Corte & Tzutes
Corte is the
traditional Mayan women's skirt usually woven on a treadle loom by men.
The huipil and corte are universal elements of every woman's
Not only does each village have their own specific style
of traje, but they also often employ different weaving techniques.
Hemlines also vary according to
local custom, from ankle length to knee
length. The amount of material used in a corte varies from
village to village, using from two to six yards of fabric
additional fabric added for length. The cloth is sewn to form a tube
into which the woman steps, wraps the skirt, tucks in her huipil, and
a sash to hold it all together. The corte on this
page is not sold by the yard but by the piece as it was originally used by
is a Mayan term
generally used for a cloth used for utilitarian or ceremonial purposes.
It is usually woven on a back-strap loom and the designs are
specific to a
particular village. Tzute may refer to a cloth used to wrap
things in to carry on their head, to wrap a baby in, or to use as decoration
in a religious ceremony.
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