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Handmade Sleeveless Cotton Maxi Dress, 'Naturally Modern'

Product ID: U45117


Handmade Sleeveless Cotton Maxi Dress, 'Naturally Modern'

This item is available for pre-order and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Learn More

Available in 2 to 8 weeks. Learn More


Belarmino Alvarez designs a sleeveless maxi dress with a round neck and coconut shell buttons. Featuring a wide elasticized waist, the lined dress is sewn of raw cotton in a natural hue. The fabric is known in Guatemala as the kashquem weave, a very fine, delicate type of weave that only a few weavers in Cobán are capable of achieving.

Made in Guatemala

  • 100% cotton. Cotton lining
  • Do not bleach
  • Sheer rating: Sheer with lining
  • Machine wash separately in cold water
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • 0.31 kgs
  • 0.7 lbs
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Belarmino Alvarez

Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Belarmino Alvarez from Gift Collection.


Meet the Artist

Belarmino Alvarez

Belarmino Alvarez

"We must live in a united world without losing the richness of diversity."

"As a child I developed a fascination for Central American cultures, and so my dream was to visit Latin America. I was... born in Spain but grew up in Paris because of my father's work. I moved back to Spain when I was 20 years old to study drama.

"In 1985 I made my dream come true and came to Guatemala, where I fell in love with the country's handicrafts and culture. In 1989 my sisters and I began exporting crafted goods and textile pieces; I was in charge of design and quality control. However, we found that not many people in Spain appreciated traditional apparel, and so I began looking for ways to transform them, and that's how I ended up creating my own designs.

"Little by little I gained access to the textile world of Guatemala, getting to know weavers and artisans, and so becoming a part of each others' life. Eventually I realized that rather than living in Spain, I felt more at home in Guatemala. My love for textiles grabbed me by the hand and took me places I had never before imagined.

"The first thing I designed was a colorful jaspeado (similar to ikat) shirt. I loved it so much that I wore it for several years… until I lost it on a trip. I was heartbroken, not so much for the shirt itself, but for the sentimental value it had for me: that shirt was my very first design.

"I began with traditional Guatemalan textiles, often recycling them, but eventually I saw the need to control every step of the process such as the spinning of the yarn, the dyes, etc., to ensure the procedures were environmentally friendly. I decided to work with organic cotton and natural dyes. I get the cotton from Peru at the moment, because so far it's not been possible to produce organic cotton in Guatemala. The rest of the process is under our care, and this was one of the decisive factors in my decision to stay in Guatemala.

"I'm proud to say I've been in this field since the early 1990's, however working with handicrafts isn't always easy. One particularly difficult time was when I sent a shipment of valuable items to Spain and it disappeared in the loading area of the airport. Someone stole it and the investigation led nowhere. And yet, a month later, the customers received it through regular post without a sender's address! We think the person who originally took it must have gotten scared and ended up paying for it to be sent to the original place. This had me worried sick since I had made a considerable investment to have the order ready, so when I heard from the people in Spain saying they had received it I gave a big sigh of relief!

"I believe arts and crafts must survive, not only because of their hand-crafted nature, their inherent soul, but because they are an expression of a particular worldview by different people. We must live in a united world without losing the richness of diversity.

"I dream of designing and creating beautiful apparel by preserving traditional methods. I hope that everyone involved in this dream – including weavers and customers – is happy either when weaving the garments or wearing them. They are made with love and respect.

"My inspiration comes from the sun and moon; from Guatemala's exuberant flora and landscapes. I love this culture!

"What makes our items unique is the fact that we link Mother Earth with the preservation of ancestral weaving techniques. Our apparel connects our customers with the beauty of ancestral purity and the preservation a legendary textile tradition, as well as with positive vibes for in this way, customers connect with the livelihood of many families."


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Return instructions

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This item is available for backorder and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Artists love to get backorders. Placing a backorder ensures that the artisan will do their best to create and deliver your item to our local office for shipment.

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4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5

Take your measurements with the tape measure over your under garments. If your measurements fall between sizes you may prefer the next larger size. Inseam, skirt and dress lengths vary by style and will be listed in the item description. Our sweaters are knit in standard American sizes, however actual measurements vary by style.


Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.


Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.


Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.


Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.


Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.


Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.


Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.


Belts with buckles are measured in inches that correspond to a waist size however, most people do not wear belts on the waist, they wear them closer to the hips. A buckle belt measurement is take from the end of the "pin" of the buckle to the middle hole on the belt. Generally there are 5 holes for size adjustment, with a 1" space between each, so the middle hole will the be average size of the belt.

For at tie belt (no buckle) measure the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This again is the medium size of the belt.

For a soft fabric tie belt it can be called "1 size fits most" and the entire length of the belt should be measured and listed.

See buckle/tie belt size standards below.

4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

Lay sash/tie out flat away from the garment and measure from end to end.

Belt with buckle

Measure from the end of the pin of the buckle (where it touches the buckle) to the middle hole.

Belt without buckle

Measure from the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This is will give you the medium size of the belt.

Download our printable ring sizing chart to find the perfect fit!


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