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Shawls (Rebozos & Perraje):   Totonicapán and Quetzaltenango Areas

How can you use a shawl?  You can do the obvious and wear it. Shawls also make nice wall hangings and good table runners.   Some of the shawls that Terra Experience has for sale that are made in the Totonicapan and Quetzaltenango are shown below.   Others can be found at our General Shawl Page 

Shawls serve many functions in Guatemala.   A girl or woman can use a shawl as an easy tote to carry small loads to and from the market.  Often the bundle is a small sleeping baby that is held close to Mama or an older sister as they run errands, do the many tasks and chores that everyday life in the Mayan culture require, or weave on a back-strap loom.  At other times, when the wind carries a chill, the shawl is easily slipped on and then off again, as the sun comes from behind a cloud or during the midlife change when body temperatures fluctuate.  The shawl is also a decorative addition to the traditional huipil and corte (skirt) that many Mayan girls and women wear.    In some villages, such as Santiago Atitlan, the decorative function seems to be most important since the shawl is worn most often over the shoulder.     

Shawls are called rebozos or perraje (depending on the village, how they are made and who wears them). Some shawls are very distinct  to the village where they are made and worn (Santiago Atitlan, Chajul, .... and others) and are usually made on a back-strap loom of cotton.   Other shawls are of styles worn throughout the highlands.  These are most often made on a foot-loom. They have jaspe patterns (cotton) between stripes of various solid colors (often acrylic or rayon or some mixture). 

 I am still learning how to distinguish shawls from different areas of Guatemala.  Information about shawls is harder to come by than other types of textiles.  Most shawls on this page are probably woven on a foot loom and  in the Totonicapán and Quetzaltenango areas.   I generally use  the following characteristics to determine where a shawl is probably made:

  • Totonicapán - Usually shawls with solid color stripes and jaspe (ikat) stripes that have multifaceted  doll figures (munecas), tree of life and many other symbols in the tie-tied threads.   Sometimes shawls are all jaspe threads without solid stripes.
     

  • Quetzaltenango -- Usually shawls with solid color stripes and jaspe (ikat) stripes that have primarily chevron designs.  

Totonicapán and Quetzaltenango make shawls for their own use plus make shawls in patterns and colors favored by other villages.  Someday I hope there I can find better ways to identify where a shawl was made and the community for which it was made. Click on the pictures below to see a more detailed picture.

Note - The pompoms on the ends of the shawls are usually made of colored yarn, some synthetic, some cotton. If you like them and one is missing its easy to replace.  If you prefer the shawl without them (maybe to use as a table runner), they are usually easy to remove.  

Description Pictures

Medium Rebozo ----

length 54", width 25"---

    Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design with munecas (doll figures).

Condition: good used

l lb.

$  45.00 

Item # R0035 *

 



 

Large Rebozo ----

length 65", width 24"---

    Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design with munecas (doll figures).

Condition: good used

l.3 lb

$    $45.00

Item # R0036 *

 



 

Medium Rebozo ----

length 46", width 18"---

    Probably made in Quetzaltenango because of chevron ikat design.  Bought new in Comolapa market.

Condition: New

.7 lb

$    35.00

Item # R0037

 

sold

 



 

Large Rebozo ----

length 64", width 25"---

    Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design.

Condition: good used

1.2 lb

$    35.00

Item # R0038   *

 



 

Small Rebozo ----

length 31", width 17"---   

Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design with munecas (doll figures).

Condition: good used

$  $35.00 

 Item # R0039 ???

 

 

Medium Rebozo ----

length 41", width 18"---   

Probably made in Quetzaltenango because of chevron ikat design.

Condition: good used

$  35.00

    Item # R0040

(MISPLACED 2/17/17- please don't order til I confirm I have)

 



 

 

Large Rebozo ----

length 68", width 25"---

    Probably made in Quetzaltenango because of chevron ikat design.

Condition: good used

$    55.00???

Item # R0041

 

 

Large Rebozo ----

length 71", width 28"---

    Probably made in Quetzaltenango because of chevron ikat design. Color royal purple and green.

Condition: good used

$   55.00

 Item # R0042 *

 



 

Small Rebozo ----

length 36", width 18"---

    Probably made in Quetzaltenango because of chevron ikat design.

Condition: good used

$    35.00  ???

Item # R0043

 



 

Small Rebozo ----

length 35", width 19.5"-

--    Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design with munecas (doll figures).

Condition: good used

$ 35.00  

Item # R0044 *

 

 

Small Rebozo ----

length 39", width 17.5"-

--    Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design with munecas (doll figures).

Condition: good used

$    35.00 

Item # R0045 *

 

 

 

Large Rebozo ----

length 74", width 26"---

    Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design with munecas (doll figures).

Condition: good used

$ 50.00  

Item # R0046 *

 

 

 

Small Rebozo ----

length 29", width 15"---

    Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design with munecas (doll figures).

Condition: good used

$ 28.00  

Item # R0047 *

 

 

Small Rebozo ----

length 39", width 16"---   

Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design with munecas (doll figures).

Condition: good used

$ 35.00  

 

Item # R0048 *

 

     
     
     
     

Some Shawls - Rebozo's we have sold
 

Small Girl's Rebozo ---- length 20", width 15"---   nice looking shawl, but moderate wear especially along one selvage edge where minus several pompoms. Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design.

$12.50    Item # R0022-

sold

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R0022


 

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Small Girl's Rebozo ---- length 25", width 19"---   very nice shawl (twin to above), used very good condition. Two pompom missing Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design.

$20.00    Item # R0020

sold

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R0020


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Girl's Rebozo ------- length 26.5", width 17.5"--- generally good used condition. Would make good table scarf or bed cover for American Girl Doll Josefina's Bed

$18.00  Item # R0009

sold

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R0018

 

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Young Woman's Rebozo

length 41.5" & fringe", width 18", good used condition. Nice shawl for girl or would make excellent table runner

$25.00  Item # R0003

sold

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R0003  


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Young Woman's Rebozo Totonicapan (?)
length 42", width 21.5"--- excellent used condition. Nice salvage and fringe endings.

$44.00    Item # R0010 (SH- y/01)

sold

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R0010

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Woman's Rebozo Quelzaltenango (?)

length 64", width 24.3"--- generally good used,   one wear spot (see close-up)

$48.00  Item#  R0011 (SH-nx)

sold

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R0011


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Small Girl's Rebozo ---- length 24", width 15"---  good used condition, some spotting, minus a couple pompoms. Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design.

$12.50    Item # R0023

sold

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R0023


 

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Girl's Rebozo ------------ length 38", width 18"--- Lighter weight cotton cloth (maybe a tzute?) very good used condition,

$20.00    Item # R0026

sold

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R0026


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Woman's Rebozo -------- length 57", width 22"---   good used condition, slight wear along green edge of shawl.

$20.00    Item # R0027

sold

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R0027

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Small Girl's Rebozo ---- length 25", width 19"---   very nice shawl used very good condition, Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design.

$20.00    Item # R0032

sold

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R0032


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Woman's Rebozo -------- length 68", width 24"---   very good used condition, Probably made in Totonicapan because of multifaceted ikat design.
$25.00   
Item # R0033

sold

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R0033

 

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Young Woman's Rebozo

length 41" & fringe, width 18", good used condition. Yellow pompoms are a bit smaller than others. 

$20.00  Item # R0034

sold

  

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 R0034


 

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Shawls We Have Sold
 

  a55.JPG (66644 bytes)
R0003

a92.JPG (72089 bytes)
R0010

a9a.JPG (77789 bytes)
R0011

a91.JPG (66695 bytes)
R0018

 

 

 

1ccf.JPG (67277 bytes)
R0020

1cc8.JPG (79683 bytes)
R0022

1ce1.JPG (60954 bytes)
R0023

1cf0.JPG (50113 bytes)
R0026

 

1cf7.JPG (62767 bytes)
R0027

1cf2.JPG (71677 bytes)
R0032

1d03.JPG (63722 bytes)
R0033

1cd8.JPG (69261 bytes)
 R0034

 

    

 

 

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