This beautiful outfit represents the village of Tamahu, Alta Verapaz. It was hand woven on a back-strap loom. The ensemble is topped with an elaborate headdress skillfully wrapped into the hair.
Undoubtedly the most colorfully costumed people in the Americas are the Highland Maya of Guatemala. While traditional native dress has disappeared in many parts of the world, Guatemala remains a place where a high percentage of the indigenous people still proudly wear their traditional dress, called traje. Moreover, in Guatemala, Maya traje is village-specific or language-group related. Thus, with dozens of Indian towns and villages, and 21 different Mayan ethnolinguistic groups represented, the variety of indigenous costume is truly dazzling.