Sown Symbols

Q70.00

The traditional dress, or traje, of today’s Guatemalan Maya, which forms an integral part of both daily and ceremonial life, encompasses a greatly diverse and complex collective language with both tangible and intangible elements. As forms of human expression, they contain a gamut of meanings. Clothing, particularly among women, silently but eloquently conveys their ethnic identity and world view.

 

Barbara Knoke de Arathoon.

Consultant: Rosario Miralbés de Polanco.

Translation: Jennifer Hope and Molly S. Hope.

Photographs: Anne Girard de Marroquín, Flor de María Aguilar and Thierry Delrue.

Digitalization: Anne Girard de Marroquín.

Design and Diagrams: Carlos Germán Tarragó Hoenes.

The traditional dress, or traje, of today’s Guatemalan Maya, which forms an integral part of both daily and ceremonial life, encompasses a greatly diverse and complex collective language with both tangible and intangible elements. As forms of human expression, they contain a gamut of meanings. Clothing, particularly among women, silently but eloquently conveys their ethnic identity and world view.

Weight 0.04 lbs
Dimensions 21 × 22 × 0.2 in
Editorial

© Ediciones Museo Ixchel del Traje Indígena. Guatemala, 2007

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