Traje Típico: Women’s Clothing

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The main components of a woman’s traje include the huipil (blouse), corte (skirt), faja (belt), and the more optional and variant rebozo (shawl), cinta (head scarf), and tzute (utility cloth).

Woman's Dress
Woman ‘s Dress, San Cristóbal, Alta Verapaz

Close-up of Huipil from San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sacatepéquez

The huipil is a traditional blouse that is square-shaped and crafted from a backstrap loom. It is normally embroidered with colorful designs and can be worn with a complementary rebozo as depicted in the photograph on the left below.

(left) Woman in Costume, San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá
(right) Woman in Costume with Baby, Santa Mona Chiquimula, Sololá

Featured in the picture on the right above is the tzute which drapes across the woman’s back and supports her young child. Tzutes are all-purpose utility cloths that are variable in size and function. They can carry goods and babies, cover the head like a veil, act as a makeshift shawl, and can also be worn on the arm as a decorative accessory.