What is Mayan Clothing Made of?
29 SEP 2017
The materials and decoration of ancient Mayan clothing marked status and gender differences.
1 Men's Clothing
Loincloths consisted of a band of cotton cloth. Sandals were made of leather.
2 Women's Clothing
Maya women wore a woven cotton skirt. Their head and shoulders were covered with a cotton shawl.
3 The Elite
Kings wore a large square of cotton cloth wrapped around the shoulders. They also wore capes made of embroidered cotton or jaguar pelts. At times sisal, from the agave plant, or silk was used. Headdresses were made of iridescent tail feathers from the quetzal (kate-Sal) bird.
4 Lower Society
Less decorated cotton wraps were worn by the common man. Warriors wore jackets made of quilted cotton for protection.
Men and women still wear traditional clothing made of woven lightweight cotton. Men wear wide belts made of leather, cloth, or cord.