Announcing: The Colors of Guatemala Trip Jan 2024

Picbil Shawl in Café Tostado

//Now in a luxuriously larger size! This is a one-of-a-kind work of art designed collaboratively between Kakaw and the weavers in Cobán.//

Wearing the gentle and delicate picbil weave feels like being wrapped up in clouds. Traditionally, this weave is only practiced near Cobán, Guatemala, and it is one of the more complicated weaves performed on backstrap looms because of its delicacy, using very thin cotton thread.

Believe it or not, the dark "roasted coffee" color comes from exactly that -- roasted coffee beans that are traditionally left on the coffee plant, unharvested because of defects or drying out.

For this gentle shawl, the cotton has been naturally-dyed by our partner artisans at Lake Atitlán. We've taken this thread to our partner weavers near Cobán, and they were able to transform the material into this gauze-like shawl that feels divine to have around your neck and shoulders. 

Woven in three separate panels and then hand-stitched together, it takes around a month for a skilled weaver to finish one shawl. The picbil design featured is of cacao leaves - cacao is one of the beloved plants of the area, and the hot cacao drink is still cherished in the region.  



Width: 36 inches / 91 cm

Length: 64 inches / 163 cm

This item ships from Guatemala.

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