Guatemalan Patchwork Quilt

Gorgeous bright soft patches are hand sewn together to make this lovely embroidered quilt. In Guatemala they call this an Amantes Quilt, or lovers' quilt.

The artisan women begin the work of designing a new quilt by laying out the patches [some hand embroidered] on a plastic sheet that has been measured and cut for king, queen and twin-size quilts.

The patches come from the fabric the women have sewn to make their skirts and "huipiles," traditional hand-woven and embroidered blouses that Mayan women originally began wearing around the time of the Spanish conquest. The women then move the patches around until they have a design which is pleasing to them and satisfies a basic pattern and color scheme. They will then double stitch each patch to make the quilts durable. Some of the quilts are then dyed [with vegetable dyes] to reinforce the overall color scheme, and finally they sew a solid colored backing onto it to complement the color scheme, which is double stitched in place too.

Because this is hand made, variations in color and imperfections are to be expected.

Sizes: King 104" x 94"

Queen 94" x 94"

Hand Made in Guatemala.

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