SARAPES, TABLE RUNNERS, VINTAGE FABRIC, etc.
Weaving is an ancient art form that, along with pottery, pre-dated the Spaniards' arrival,
while Spanish influence weighs heavy in the art of wood carving and furniture making.
Arte de la Vida has the largest selection of vintage textiles from Mexico, Guatemala, and Latin America in Arizona for sale. It is a varied and thriving art form that continues today with co-ops and communities of women and men who use their traditional techniques and motifs.
Our Textile room is a glorious site for color deprived eyes!
Absolutely gorgeous vintage Chimayo weaving in near mint Condition. This black body wool weaving from Chimayo, New Mexico, still has the shops original sales tags here in Tucson. Dates to at least the early 1990's or older. Originally sold by the Kaibab Shop here in Tucson. Blanket measures 50" by 80". Price includes US (mainland) Shipping and Insurance.
108" long Huehuetenango Mayan Faja with giant tassels. Vintage piece worn for ceremonial and important occasions. 3-3/4" wide, they make perfect decorations. Excellent vintage condition. There's a stunning way to frame faja squared around a doorway. Price includes US (mainland) Shipping and Insurance.
Vintage Tlaxcala Serape
Beautiful (Vintage mid-20th Century) Wool Serape made outside west of Mexico City. Long history of wool woven two panel serapes. In good vintage condition (See photos: One hole, some separation between panels and edge fraying and various stains). Measures 54" wide and 74" long. Price includes Shipping to Mainland US with Insurance.
Green Guatemala Runner
Vintage Mayan verde weaving made of two backstop loom panels with hand crochet edging. Most likely used as a table cloth. Lovely counter-stitch pattering of humans and beasts. In very good vintage condition Measures 28" by 40". Price includes Shipping to Mainland US with Insurance.
Large Mayan Cloth
Vintage Mayan Ceremonial or large cloth. Not a corte or a t'zute, but used. Embroidered design on top of weaving. In very good used vintage condition. Cloth measures 36" by 88". Price includes Shipping to Mainland US and Insurance.
Lovely Vintage Runner for the Otomi Indians of Puebla and Oaxaca. Used Condition one stain in top right corner and thread frayed throughout piece (see photos). Runner measures 15-1/2" by 74". Pictorial scene with figures, flora and fauna. A charming piece. Price includes Shipping to Mainland US and Insurance.
Mexicana Cross-Stitch Bag
From the Estate of Charlie Burton, this adorable Vintage garment bag was for ladies collection of delicates. Hand made with two openings and hanging loops for door or wall. This embroidered beaut is in good vintage condition with some coloring fade stain, and wear. (Please see photos). Price includes shipping (US mainland) and insurance.
San Mataeo Ixtatan Embroidered Cat Pillow
From the Highlands of the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes of Guatemala, the women of San Mateo Ixtatán embrioder the most incredible textiles. Their Huipils are very sought after. This delightful Gato (cat) Pillow carries a tradition of using an animal motif in the artwork. Each Pillow is unique and hand done. Measures approximately 11,1/2" squared. Come filled with poly filling. Brand New. This is a listing for one Pillow with the White Eyed Cat. Price Includes Shipping to Mainland US.
San Mateo Ixtatan Pillow
From the Highlands of the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes of Guatemala, the women of San Mateo Ixtatán embrioder the most incredible textiles. Their Huipils are very sought after. This Horizontal Pillow carries a traditional Pattern that you find in their Traditional Huipil. Each Pillow is unique and hand done. Measures approximately 14,1/2" by 10, 1/2 Comes filled with poly filling. Like New. Price Includes Shipping to Mainland US.
Vintage Embroidered Mexican Pillows
Four Delightful Mexicana Themed Pillows featuring a Campesino having a Tropical Siesta; a Sombrero on Serape; a Charro and a Saguaro Cactus Pillow. Each pillow made from Vintage Embroidered fabric. Backed with Guatemalan fiesta colored Ikat fabric. One of a Kind pieces, no dupes. Pre-filled with Poly inserts. Four Total, each sold separately, price includes Shipping to Mainland US.
Mola Animal Pillows
Gloriously colorful mola throw pillows, crafted by the Kuna Indians of San Blas Islands, Panama and Columbia.
We've got 5 beauties: Caimans/Gators, a Gato (cat), and a Penguin, what a treat!
Priced separately, $30-$60
*Includes US mainland shipping.
There's 1 medium Caiman (Alligator) measuring apprx 17" long, 12" high, & 3" wide;
2 small Caimans apprx 13" L, 9" H, 3" W;
A penguin, 10" L, 14" H, 4" W;
A Cat 15" L, 12" H, 5" W.
**Please note: there are fine filaments of polypill poking through the back of señor gato, and señorita penguin. See images for detail.
Kuna Molas, San Blas Islands
Stunning molas in brilliant colors, crafted by the Kuna or Guna women of Panama and Columbia, in the San Blas archipelago.
We've got 4 gorgeous examples, 2 large, 2 smaller.
The smaller pieces have a black border and black overlay amidst the color. Features Cityscape
They measure apprx 15" x 13" Please note pieces where glued to something at one time and epoxy is tuck to backside, Does not affect the front view or presentation.
One of the larger pieces is predominantly red, featuring 2 humorous leaf faces, and measures apprx 19" x 16"
The other large one, features a Eagle insignia (Possible US Military?) with surrounding birds, and measures apprx 19" x 15"
Priced separately, $70-$80
*includes mainland US shipping/insurance
Tzintzuntzan Story Cloths
These story cloths are made by the Purépecha women of Michoacan, Mexico. A traditional folk art used as a creative way to record and narrate their daily life and culture, these gorgeous cloths are made on manta, a rough, unbleached cotton, and hand-embroidered with yarns and thread in every brilliant color of the rainbow!
The designs are full of life, activity, and sometimes whimsy. Each woman brings her own imagination to these pieces.
Apprx measurements: 21"L x 16"H
Priced individually, $70-$80 (Price includes mainland U.S. shipping + insurance.)
Embroidered Fabric Ex Votos
These ex votos (short for ex voto suscepto, “from the vow made”) are from San Miguel de Allende.
These little votive offerings feature stories of miracles, or of disaster averted. In Mexico, ex votos are made to honor the saint who granted the miracle.
Each of these stories is very specific and shows lots of individual character.
Measurements vary by piece, but are in the range of 11.5"H x 9.5"W, to 11.5"H x 12" W
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We may be increasing our hours in the near future.
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