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Maya Clothes and Myths

In ancient times the Maya believed that clothing could Transform a person and a person could transform the garment and is Expressed through It.

Naturally clothing was of great cultural significance. They would often make textiles to enhance religious power; the most common way of doing this was dressing for the maize gods.


Women and men would wear a net overskirt made of jade
, the color of life, which represented their high place in society. In order to dress as a maize deity and manipulate the regeneration of the maize plant they would weave serpents onto huipils to symbolize lightning.
The lightning god is the god believed to have created maize on the top of Mt. Sustenance.

Mayan elite would also wear a shark shell belt and a jade-netted collar to the maize deity costume. Other significant costumes consisted of wearing many Quetzal
and eagle feathers on headdresses to represent and elite’s power in blue and green tones, which represented the fifth direction, the center of celestial, terrestrial and the underworld levels of the cosmos.

Kings would also wear jaguar
skin skirts, which signified their connection between the sky and the earth.
Wikipedia, about Maya and Mexican Textiles traditions

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