September 05, 2006
Mayan Colors & Textures
While some cultures use colors and style of their dress as a way to identify their school, age or affiliation, in Guatemala’s Atitlan Lake District, dress is related to class and money.
The women of San Pedro who stayed true to local tradition of long black skirts with bright red huipils (classic embroidered blouses), proudly wore their creative masterpiece, with a multi-colored stitching prominent in the back, and a solid bright color facing the front.
These women are extremely private and avoid a lot of external exposure and communication. It is not uncommon to see them turn away when sensing or catching a western glance or smile. Another indication of status among them is their prominently displayed colored headbands, earrings and beads.
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