THE HUIPIL, FALDA, & CORTE OF GUATEMALA
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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We attended a talk outlining the traditional dress of the local women in Xela. It was given by Magali de Reyes. I did not take notes but will outline some of it here as accurately as I can.
BACKGROUND: The Spaniards, who invaded the region in the 1500's, compelled the local indigenous population to wear prescribed colors, different for each of the various geographical areas, so they could easily tell where any person was from. In time, the local indigenous women incorporated Maya symbols into the designs. The Spaniards no longer rule but the custom of dress remained. For men, as they began competing with non-Mayan for jobs in the towns, discontinued the practice of wearing the traditional clothing so they could blend in and reduce the amount of discrimination. However, in the some remote agricultural areas dominated by Maya descendants, the custom among men continue. The high village of Totos Santos and some of the villages around lake Atitlan are the more well known places where you can visit to see the men in their traditional clothing. The women, who traditionally work in the home, do not feel the need to change their habits of dress for employment purposes. It is quite common to see women and young girls wearing the colorful clothing today.
CORTE: The multi color skirts are woven by men on foot looms in towns surrounding Xela. They are sold in 4 meter sections are sewn at the center with colorful band a string through the waist makes it a one-size-fits-all.
OTHER ADORNMENT: Pa˝uelo, on their heads, or cintas, four- or five-foot-long colorful ribbons that are braided into their shiny, waist long black hair. A decorated delantal (apron) completes the costume.