Our cotton pillowcases are woven by hand on the traditional Mayan backstrap loom with 100% natural cotton and embroideries from naturally dyed threads. You will not only add a splash of exclusive design to your bedroom or living room, but also create an area of relaxation with wonderful colors and comfort.
Use our pillowcases and shams to complement the interior design of your home. Whether you are into a more minimalistic style, care about ethically made fashion or are passionate about creating a more vibrant habitat decorated with items that each has a story, our cotton pillowcases are for you. If you want to know more about the design of the cotton pillowcases, which size to choose or how to care for them, follow these links:
· What is the traditional Mayan design of the cotton pillowcase?
· What material is the cotton pillowcase made from?
· What is the right size for my cotton pillowcase?
· Will this cotton pillowcase fit my interior design?
· How do I take care of my pillowcases and shams?
· Do I support sustainable fashion by choosing this cotton pillowcase?
· Why buy your cotton pillowcase from Yabal?
· Can I order a custom pillowcase?
The hand-brocaded Bird pillow features a variety of stylized birds. Traditionally these bird motifs represent the Mayan Nahual (day sign) of Tzikin, which is considered a messenger between people and the heavens, connecting the wearer of the huipil to the divine. When making pillow cases, each pillowcase will feature slight variations in the design as each brocade weaving is an art piece inspired by the weaver.
Featuring traditional Mayan geometric brocade work, woven into the fabric by hand, using the backstrap loom. Each pillow will feature slight variations in the design details as each one is an artistic work of inspiration by our artisans.
The embroidery rantas design in the center is hand-embroidered with thread and needle and joins the two textile panels together. It is a traditional technique used in cortes (traditional Mayan skirts) and huipiles (Mayan blouses) to join two panels of fabric together.
This hand-crafted pillow cushion is handwoven with ecological threads. Featuring intricate traditional Mayan geometric brocade work, woven into each fabric by hand, using the backstrap loom. This zig zag brocade motif is common in the weaving style from the region and has a direct relation with Mayan cosmovision- the zig zag pattern represents the Mayan Nahual (day sign) of Kan, the serpent energy that provides protection.
To learn more about mayan art and the meaning behind the symbols, we recommend this website:
Yabal Home is an artisanal line of handwoven textile accessories. Our fabrics are handcrafted using the Mayan backstrap loom by cooperatives of Guatemalan indigenous artisans. The material used for our cotton pillowcases is natural cotton and naturally dyed threads. The gray color is artisanally dyed using ash, the blue threads are from recycled denim jeans factory scraps, and the white is natural raw cotton. The lilac color comes from elderberry, rose/red is from cochineal insects, green is from leaves, yellow from tree bark. Enjoy your ethically made cotton pillowcase!
If you are looking for a cotton pillowcase for your bed, do not worry about the size, all the designs will allow you to rest in style, just choose the one you like the most!
On the other hand, if you are looking for pillowcases and shams for the living room, you should make sure the size is right for your sofa or armchair. The ideal size of pillowcases and shams is half the length of the seat. Our pillowcases and shams come in the dimensions of 16x16in, 20x20in and 20x12in.
Our tip: Before buying, measure the size of your furniture and imagine how it will look with a new cotton pillowcase!
Shape, color, design and material are all key in order to accentuate your style of decoration, so choose your pillow cases with designs carefully.
· Clear lines and geometric shapes bring freshness to your room. A cotton pillowcase White / Denim will be your ideal companion if you are looking for a diaphanous and minimalist style. The predominant colors are Pink Rose, Denim Blue, White / Gray and Forest Green.
· A traditional style cotton pillowcase gives you comfort with intense and beautiful colors. The natural materials and the freshness of the colors is the most important thing. The traditional Mayan style pillowcases and shams are woven with elegant cosmogonic details that add vitality to your home.
· A cotton pillowcase woven with recycled denim jeans threads adds an industrial and very cool flair to your living spaces.
But in the end, our pillowcases and shams are unique and so are you, so let your creativity flow!
Want to know more about the principles of interior design? Have a look at this article for inspiration: https://www.maxxitsystems.com/5-principles-design/
Your cotton pillowcase has been woven with natural, organic or recycled materials. These wonderful materials not only determine the effect of our pillowcases and shams, but also its function and care.
You can wash the cotton pillowcase in the washing machine, but we recommend cold water in order to preserve the colors. The handmade brocade of all the cotton pillowcases in our catalog is stable and designed to last. Can pillowcases go in the dryer? We would strongly recommend avoiding it in order to preserve the fabric.
Yes and how wonderful that you ask, because this is something that we are very passionate about! Yabal is committed to sustainable production and thus a proud certified member of the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation. Our pillowcases and shams, like all of our products, are handmade using mainly natural or recycled materials, meaning no energy is being used to create the beautiful pieces of art in our collection. That means zero carbon emission. The natural fabric of the cotton pillowcase has been washed with environmentally friendly detergents before the weaving process begins and you can rest assured that the threads used are completely free of azo.
Yabal Guatemala is a Fair Trade organization, focused on sustainable fashion, that supports indigenous women’s weaving cooperatives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, providing them with the opportunity to sell their hand-woven products through local and international markets. This cotton pillowcase is such a product.
When you buy a Yabal hand-woven product such as a cotton pillowcase you not only contribute directly to the economic self-sufficiency of the women we work with, but your purchase also supports the fair trade workshops and social programs implemented in their communities!
With Yabal it’s possible to order custom made pillowcases. Whether you are a designer yourself, have a design team or just have an idea about a design on a cotton pillowcase that you would love to offer your clients, just get in touch with Yabal and we will work together with you to make your dream come true!