Vintage Guatemalan Textiles

Tuesday, July 25, 2017



If there’s one thing we love here at Cisco Home, it’s beautiful fabric. We draw from a curated range of high-quality, natural textiles from around the world to upholster our furniture. From imported, hand-dyed colors to patterns designed in-house, we pride ourselves on our array of striking options for custom furnishings. It’s this love of fabric that makes us so thrilled to come across a beautiful new textile. So what’s our latest fascination here at Cisco Home? ` morgas!





These vintage skirts are made using natural un-mercerized yarn that has been dyed with indigo. Mercerization is a processing method that smooths the yarn, making it easier for a machine to dye and sew. Un-mercerized yarn, however, is softer to the touch and retains the same feel wash after wash. Since the morgas are hand-dyed, the fibers can stay in this more natural state. A range of indigo dye is used to create a variety of blue and white yarns, colors and patterns that are unique to the village in which they were made.




Traditionally, the morgas were woven by the men in the village using a foot loom. The women would then take these large woven panels and sew the ends together to form a fabric tube. The seams were another opportunity to show off regional styles; bright colors and intricate embroidery would adorn these hems. This colorful trim is known as the randa of the morga. The finished morga is a large, tubular skirt that is tied onto the waist with a fanciful embroidered belt.




The natural indigo dyes and handicraft nature of the morgas make each skirt unique. When we came across this heavyweight, dark blue morga fabric, we could just picture how beautiful it would look on furniture. The dyed yarn is woven into a variety of pinstripe patterns, giving the textile an unparalleled sophistication. Vibrant randas cut across the fabric adding a playful dimension. We still get excited about each morga textile we come across knowing we can transform it into an elegant and one-of-kind home furnishing.