Monday, June 30, 2008

Traditional Mayan Dress

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Colossians 3:12

There are 23 different Mayan people groups living in Guatemala. Each have their own dress, language, and culture. It has been interesting to learn about the different groups and to compare their likes and differences. For the most part, each group is very unique and different in their own way. Last week, the hotel we stayed at for our annual meeting had a display of several different indigenous dress from the different regions of Guatemala. It was a beautiful display and I took a few photos to share with you a sample of what some of the people here wear.

In some parts of Guatemala the men still dress in typical clothing. The K'ekchi' men, however, do not. They mostly wear slacks and oxford shirts. It is funny to see men today dressed in clothing like below. I love to see them wearing these brightly colored pants.

Below was the display for the K'ekchi' women. The long ribbons hanging down would be what they would braid in their hair. Here is a photo of Regina wearing typical K'ekchi' clothing. The skirts are very heavy and hot. It is hard to believe that these women wear these everyday.

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