Complete Traje Set from San Juan Cotzal
Each piece of this traje is handmade with cotton in the Nebaj region of Guatemala. It was made in the traditional method of backstrap loom-weaving.
Traje refers to the traditional styles of clothing found through out Guatemala. For women, traje consist of a Huipil, Faja, and Corte. Each pueblo across Guatemala has its own unique style and qualities. Colors, symbols, styles of weaving and embroidering, all can show the unique history of Guatemala. You can read more about traje on our page here
San Juan Cotzal:
In the cloudy mountains of Cotzal you will find beautiful hupils woven with intricate stories. The hupils are woven over weeks and months to create designs with diamonds, birds, lines, and the age of the hupil can be noted from small changes in the pattern.
The birds represent family and community, with the mother, father, and child. The mirrored family of birds on the opposite side of the breast represents the community ties shared between families. The age of the huipil can be learned by if the wings are open or closed. If the mother bird has open or raised wings, it represents the freedom, leadership, and pride of mothers. The raised wings are a style that has become popular with more recent generations of mothers, while grandmothers wearing huipils can be seen to have closed wings and more closely nestled families of woven birds.
The lines across the shoulders of the huipil represent the air that fills sky. These lines can be straight, slanted, or angled, representing the wind through the peaks of the mountains. The sky and wind are important symbols as they make up a part of the elements that create the world. Huipils should be viewed as a full piece of art; once you learn to read the lines of weaving, you can truly appreciate the beauty of the woven story. The sky is woven above the open wings of birds, the diamonds and slanted lines beneath represent the mountains and rocky earth that shape the highlands and supports families.
San Juan Cotzal has a very distinct style of huipil. During our interviews, all the women had the same style of hupil. They might appear the same at first glance, but to the women of Cotzal, the color palettes, line work, and accessories create very different aesthetics. The inclusion of belts, hair wraps, and other accessories accentuate personal style- like this pompom belt!
How it works:
You have the option to choose a color palette and regional style. The color samples provided are just placeholders for you to be able to select a color family. Our community will then hand select the garments specifically for your order with your color choice in mind. All huipils are unique and handmade with a wide range of variation. But don't worry! We will be sure that your order is coordinated flawlessly.
A traje is a deeply personal item that is respected both as art and as a garment for a lifetime, so if you have additional questions about your order, we encourage you to contact us at email@example.com.
Size: One Size / Free Size
Trajes are made of loose fitting fabrics that are fitted by folding and tying with belts. Because of this naturally flexible style, huipils and cortes are able to fit a variety of figures and body shapes with ease. In fact, some huipils have no formal seams, and are only tucked into the waistband! Often, huipils are fitted only with an arm seam, allowing them to fit larger busts with out alterations.
If you have larger arms, or are concerned about the fit of your traje, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you need to know?
Each traje is handmade by weavers using the traditional backstrap loom weaving technique of the Guatemalan highlands. Each product is the result of these women's craftsmanship, so they are not only beautiful but also incredibly durable and resistant.
WE ARE SUSTAINABLE FOR PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Our products are made with 100% organic cotton and passion.
The whole process of production is energy- and resource-saving, with a minimum usage of water and electricity.
TRAMA's cooperative guarantees fair wages to its weavers and funds education programs for the young members of several Guatemalan communities.
By purchasing TRAMA's products, you are contributing to:
- preserving our weavers' craftsmanship and cultural identity.
- developing businesses founded on fair wages for workers and respect for the environment.
Our cooperative is locally focused, from our artisans right down to the thread they weave with. That's why all of our materials are locally sourced from with in Guatemala
Material: 100% Rio Blanco Cotton & Hilo Alemania
Care: Hand-wash in cold water, treat stains with mild detergent, lay flat to air dry