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Traje: Complete Traditional Garment Sets
Traje refers to the traditional styles of clothing found through out Guatemala. Each pueblo across Guatemala has its own unique style and qualities. Colors, symbols, styles of weaving and embroidering, all can show the unique history of Guatemala.
We are now offering a unique opportunity to shop complete sets of traje, styled by our weavers all across the highlands. You have the option to choose a color palette and regional style. Our community will then hand select the garments specifically for your order. For women, traje consist of a Huipil, Faja, and Corte. We also offer men's traje, however men's styles vary much more between pueblos. Men's traje can be made of a variety of pieces, different jackets, tops, belts, and more.
A Brief History of Traje:
Wearing traje is a source of pride in culture for indigenous women. Throughout the highlands these styles reflect the history of the community. Traditional clothing is seen in cities and villages for all ages of women and girls, and many women can identify the region by one glance. During Spanish rule, there were strict regulations for what indigenous communities and social classes could wear. By embracing their culture now, they are standing against hundreds of years of oppression.
While most mayan women proudly sport traje, it is more rare to see traje for men, as many men have adopted styles more suiting to the physical demands of the labor they do. Men's traje can take months to create, and must be delicately washed by hand, making it a difficult and time consuming task. It is more common to see men from older generations wearing traje. Though, for holidays, festivities, and special events, many men from younger generations can be seen wearing the traje of their area.
The colors of these traje are determined by the mood and emotion of the women weaving, through some pueblos have colors that have more prominence in the style. Depending on the region, some colors may be more significant to the traditional designs, for example, skirts from Nebaj only come in red. Each description of traje below contains notes about the imagery, colors, and unique qualities to the style.
Trajes are made of loose fitting fabrics that are fitted by folding and tying with belts. Becuase of this naturally flexible style, huipils and cortes are able to fit a variety of figures and body shapes with ease. In fact, some huipils have no formal seams, and are only tucked into the waistband! Just like this one pictured below.
Often, huipils are fitted only with an arm seam, allowing them to fit larger busts with out alterations. If you have larger arms, or are concerned about the fit of your traje, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Browse Regional Styles
We are currently traveling weekly to each pueblo to better develop our inventory of regional traje. Therefore this area of the site is under construction. As we continue our visits to stock our inventory, we will update this page with more styles and details about the traje available.
We will hand select the complete traje for you, based on the regional style and colors of your choice. The process of sourcing a traje can take time, so we appreciate your patience with your order. If you are interested in something special, we encourage you to reach out to us by email at email@example.com.
In the cloudy mountains of Cotzal you will find beautiful hupils woven with intricate stories. The hupils are woven over weeks and months to create designs with diamonds, birds, lines, and the age of the hupil can be noted from small changes in the pattern.
The birds represent family and community, with the mother, father, and child. The mirrored family of birds on the opposite side of the breast represents the community ties shared between families. The age of the huipil can be learned by if the wings are open or closed. If the mother bird has open or raised wings, it represents the freedom, leadership, and pride of mothers. The raised wings are a style that has become popular with more recent generations of mothers, while grandmothers wearing huipils can be seen to have closed wings and more closely nestled families of woven birds.
The lines across the shoulders of the huipil represent the air that fills sky. These lines can be straight, slanted, or angled, representing the wind through the peaks of the mountains. The sky and wind are important symbols as they make up a part of the elements that create the world. Huipils should be viewed as a full piece of art; once you learn to read the lines of weaving, you can truly appreciate the beauty of the woven story. The sky is woven above the open wings of birds, the diamonds and slanted lines beneath represent the mountains and rocky earth that shape the highlands and supports families.
San Juan Cotzal has a very distinct style of huipil. During our interviews, all the women had the same style of hupil. They might appear the same at first glance, but to the women of Cotzal, the color palettes, line work, and accessories create very different aesthetics. The inclusion of belts, hair wraps, and other accessories accentuate personal style- like this pompom belt!
You can't pass through Nebaj with out noticing the vibrant red skirts on every woman in the city. The skirts are woven with lines of yellow, black and white that vary in width. These are paired with huipils and fajas that vary in style and design. A huipil from Nebaj can be identified by the large patterns and often images of animals. If you are looking for additional accessories, the women in Nebaj style their long hair with a variety of different scarves, wraps, and can be seen braided in a ribbon style.