Cotzal Lumbar Pillow

Cotzal Lumbar Pillow

175.00

IN STOCK NOW - LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE

Friendship Bridge, Yolanda in Quiejel, Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Handmade in 15 days with Back-strap Loom for Intricate Traditional Front Pattern & Navy Fabric on Back (100% cotton)

Fits a standard 14” x 36” pillow insert; Hand-wash & Hang Dry

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Production Details:

Pre-order today, and your one-of-a-kind pillowcase will be handwoven and delivered to your door in 8-12 weeks. All goods are ethically sourced, which means we work directly with all makers across the supply chain and pay their asking price in full. Due to the handmade nature of our products, colors, patterns & dimensions may vary slightly.

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HOW IT'S MADE

We believe in the importance of knowing what went into your purchase, from time to materials. From the hands of our partner artisans to you, this unique Cotzal Lumbar Pillowcase requires significant labor, skill and generational knowledge to create.

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TIME SPENT
15 DAYS

Each Cotzal Lumbar Pillowcase takes 15 days to produce on a back-strap loom. The majority of the time (10 days) is spent weaving the thick and intricate pattern on the front of the pillowcase. We are continuously in awe of this vibrant, one-of-a-kind piece of art, and feel privileged to work with such skilled artists.

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FEATURED TECHNIQUE
BACK-STRAP LOOM

The back-strap loom technique is extremely prevalent across all regions of Guatemala, especially in Mayan weaving communities. The technique is used to make the traditional outfits for both men and women. The navy material you see here is called corte fabric and is commonly used in traditional skirts.

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CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE
COTZAL PATTERN

This vibrant pattern includes meaningful designs from Mayan history and tradition. The intricate pattern includes red and green for the soil and trees of the Earth, peaks that signify volcanoes, and the Quetzal bird, a sacred Mayan bird and national bird of Guatemala that is in danger of extinction.

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MEET THE ARTISAN

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FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE, Yolanda

QUIEJEL, CHICHICASTENANGO, GUATEMALA

Friendship Bridge is a non-profit that currently works with over 4,000 female artists and artisans in Guatemala to find opportunities to create a better future for themselves, their children, and their communities through microfinance and education. Yolanda grew up with a dream to be a weaver and has had the opportunity to realize that dream, managing a large co-operative of women in her hometown. You can learn more about Yolanda's story here.


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