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Guatemalan Fabric Corte with Green Ric-Rac on the edge

+ $6.75 shipping
+ $6.75 shipping

Item details

This corte fabric is 33 inches wide and is five yards long. It is sold as a solid piece. It is a vintage piece that is virtually impossible to find now days. It is 100% cotton and woven by hand on a floor loom. This fabric is now made in acrylic, but I have a great friend who finds the most unusual, precious things for me. There are exactly four yards of this fabric. Believe me, it is gorgeous!!!

Sometimes when I list a fabric on etsy or show it on facebook, I call it “corte.” I thought I’d take the time to explain what corte is and show some pictures of it.
In Guatemala the women wear rectangular panels of fabric as skirts. The fabric is hand-woven on a foot loom. It can be between 4 and 7 yards long. They then sew the ends together to form a tube shape that the wrap around themselves making a skirt. Sometimes narrow panels are sewn together and the seam is hidden by embroidery work which is called a “randa.” The woman steps into the skirt and wraps it around herself and ties it at the top with a hand woven belt. Some villages have a system of pleating or gathering the fabric and some just wear the skirt straight.
The corte that has a design woven into it is done by a method called “jaspe.” In English we call it “ikat.” It is done by weaving with threads that have been tie-dyed to make the pattern. The patterns are incredible. Traditionally, each pueblo had its corte just like it had its guipil (traditional blouse). The corte is normally made of cotton and now days a lot of it has metallic threads running through it. A lot of the corte fabric comes from the towns of Salcaja and Totonicapan. Some towns, of course, have weavers who also make their town’s corte.

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Shipping & policies
Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from the United States
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Shipping is done within three days. If something happens that I can't ship during that time frame, I will let you know when you order. I usually ship priority or first class mail.

I do ship internationally. Please contact me and let me know what you'd like and I'll give you a shipping price. I've had great luck with international orders doing them this way.


All payments are through PayPal or through Etsy. Please pay promptly so I can send you your fabric promptly.

Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
All items are guaranteed. If for any reason you are not pleased with the fabric you may return it within 10 days for a refund minus a 10% restocking fee. I hope you understand that cut fabric is difficult to resell. I also do not refund the shipping fee. Once I receive the item, I will refund your payment. I recommend returning the item using priority mail so that you will have a tracking number.

Fabric bought during a sale or special offer is not returnable. Fabric bought as a reserve listing is also not returnable.

Additional policies

All the fabrics on this site are 100% cotton hand-dyed and hand-woven in Guatemala. The regular fabric is 36 inches wide. The fabric is not cut until you buy it. When you order multiple yards, you'll receive your fabric in a continuous piece.

Since these fabrics are hand woven there might be slight imperfections. These are characteristics that make the fabric stand out from machine made fabrics.

The corte pieces are different widths. The width of each one is in the description.

Fabrics should be prewashed before sewing with them. Edges of the fabric should be zigzagged to prevent fraying. Fabrics should be washed with the fixative, Retayne, to fix the color. Please follow the instructions on the bottle of Retayne. Remove fabric from the machine right after the final spin cycle. Dry in the dryer until damp dry using the coolest temperature. Fabric should then be hung up to finish drying.

Retayne can be ordered on-line from any number of sites such as Joanne’s or Amazon.