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Cintas and Fajas

Fajas, or belts, are an integral part of every Mayan woman's dress (and some men's). They are used to secure the corte or skirt. They are woven on a back-strap loom and vary in length, width and design from village to village. Most are wrapped several times around the waist with the ends tucked in but some are tied on and include pom poms or other decorative fringe. Cintas, or hair ribbons, are another part of most Mayan women's traditional dress. Each village has their own style of cinta as well as their unique way of wearing it. How a woman wears her cinta may, in some villages, indicate whether she is married or has children. It may also indicate the wearer's wealth or social or religious status.

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