This hand-brocaded Bird pillow is woven on the Mayan backstrap loom. This traditional Mayan huipil design 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. Each pillowcase will feature slight variations in the design as each brocade weaving is an art piece inspired by the weaver. The colors of the pillowcase are made from natural plants and minerals- for instance, the lilac color comes from elderberry, rose/red is from cochineal insects, green is from leaves, yellow from tree bark, and blue is from recycled denim jean threads. The white threads are from natural cotton. Handwoven by cooperatives of Mayan women weavers in rural communities from Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan in the Western Highlands. They measure 16in x 16in and feature inside lining and YKK zipper on bottom edge.