This cotton shawl, woven by the Ixbalam Ke cooperative in Guatemala, is an intricate spaced plain weave with an inlay pattern called picb’il—a type of brocaded design handwoven on backstrap looms. This ancient Mayan weaving style was rapidly disappearing. Now, the women weavers who live in the community of Samac de Cobán in Alta Verapaz have dedicated themselves to preserving this traditional textile. The natural brown cotton inlay motifs are inspired by their natural surroundings.
The more this shawl is handwashed, the softer it becomes.
There are two different patterns: a small, connected leaf motif, and bands with stepped borders.