Made by Men for Men: Wool Nahuala Morral/Bags

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Double Eagle Motif on Men's Vintage Wool Morral/Bag from Nahuala, Guatemala
Wonderful Double Eagle Motif on Men’s Vintage Wool Morral/Bag from Nahuala, Guatemala ca. 1986

December 19, 2015

In this blog post I am featuring some of my favorite traditional textiles from Guatemala.  What makes these pieces unique, besides being charming and extremely well made, is that they are made by men for men.  They are handwoven using natural, hand-spun, un-dyed wool by the Quiche/K’iché Maya Ethnic Group in the Nahuala, Solola region of the Western Highlands. These bags are called “morrales” and are worn by the indiegnous men in the same region where they are made.  Because they are completely handmade, each one is unique using popular symbols, motifs, and geometric patterns. Sometimes the weaver will decide to include they year that it was made, the place it was made, and/or use words like “caballo/horse” or “leon/lion” with the images.  Here are a few of my favorites from our collection,including one of our folk deity figures of  San Simon/Maximon wearing his wool morral… and check out Coleccion Luna Vintage for ones that are available for purchase.  

 

My favorite "Caballo"/Horse vintage wool morral from Nahuala
My favorite “Caballo”/Horse vintage wool morral from Nahuala
San Simon/Maximon wearing his vintage Nahuala morral
San Simon/Maximon wearing his vintage Nahuala morral

 

Love the geometric design on this vintage wool men's morral from Nahuala, Guatemala
Love the geometric design on this vintage wool men’s morral from Nahuala, Guatemala
Nahuala "leon"/lion vintage morral handwoven wool bag
Nahuala “leon”/lion vintage morral handwoven wool bag

 

Lovely handwoven vintage men's morral with a geometric pattern
Lovely handwoven vintage men’s morral with a geometric pattern

4 Responses

  1. gayle jolluck

    Hey, thanks for sharing…San Simone is looking good. And the bags as well.

    • De Nada! We love sharing Guatemala’s amazing culture with the world & these charming bags are some of our favorite textiles found here.

  2. My morral was my book bag when I was in school at Monte María. I remember the distinct smell of the wool. This post brings back a lot of memories. ?

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