Everyday skirt made of yellow silk, broken up with bands of indigo-dyed jaspe patterns, and small block weaves, making spotted lines.
- Found/Acquired: San Pedro Sacatepequez
- (Americas,Central America,Guatemala,San Marcos,San Pedro Sacatepequez)
- Circumference: 205 centimetres
- Length: 89 centimetres
Register addition "San Marcos".
The Mam speaking women of San Pedro Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, and the surrounding villages wear beautiful yellow silk skirts which, when worn together with the yellow and purple huipils described above, make a costume very different in colour from the usual blue (of indigo) and red and other strong colours found elsewhere throughout the highlands.
This skirt according to its label is ‘old style’, and would have been worn with another skirt underneath and an apron on top (Wood and Osborne, 1966, 142; Conte, 1984, 59). Conte goes on to say that ‘in modern examples rayon is commonly substituted for more costly silk threads’. The material is woven by men on the foot-loom and roughly 2m, sewn end to end to form a tube, are needed for a skirt. There is a wide green selvedge each side of the yellow material and 20 2-end red stripes spaced across the width.
The predominantly yellow weft is broken up with bands, either singly or in groups, of indigo-dyed jaspe patterns, and small block weaves (where the weft skips over and under 6 ends at a time) making spotted lines. (For full-page colour picture of such a skirt, see Bertrand and Magne, 1991, 88.)
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ESA26293
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