This pillow cover features a motif typical of the traditional woven blouse (huipil) of San Juan Cotzal. This motif can be traced back to an idea central to the ancient Maya worldview of cosmic duality, commonly represented by two-headed "cosmic monster" figures which unite the earth, sky and underworld (thus it's name and ours: "Cielo Tierra" or "Sky Earth"). The cosmic monster represents the annual agricultural cycle, as well as the cycle of time more generally.
These figures have become abstracted over time and are now commonly depicted as zigzag lines.
Why it's on sale: Barely noticeable weaving imperfection (one line of weft in missing in plain weave).
Weavers: Teresa, Isabela
Technique: Backstrap loom with brocade design
Time to weave: 2 days
Origin: Cotzal, El Quiché, Guatemala
Fits 18X18 and 20X20 pillows
Materials: 100% Cotton (front), 100% upcycled cotton from The New Denim Project (back), a Guatemalan denim upcycling initiative.
Care: Machine wash and dry, delicate cycle, turned inside out