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Guatemalan Maya Cortes

The Maya woman's skirt (refrajo) is commonly referred to as a 'corte'. Corte comes from the verb cortar, meaning 'to cut'. The fabric is a cut (or length) of cloth which is typically handwoven on a foot powered treadle loom. Though the styles vary, the most common are floor length and tube shaped, worn tightly wrapped around the hips and secured at the waist with a sash. Because most cortes are simply large, flat pieces of fabric, they are commonly used for many different projects such as clothing, curtains, upholstery, etc.
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