Women wore two main upper-body garments.


Huipil was a loose, sleeveless tunic, composed of two or more joined webs of cloth that extended to between the knee and ankle. It appears first among the Classic Maya period and was still in use at the time of the contact. Following the conquest, huipil ceased to be worn in the area north of an imaginary line extending from Veracruz to Puebla to Guagalijara to the Pacific. In That northerly region, a different upper-body garment has survived up to the present.


It is a unique costume composed of two rectangles of cloth joined in such a Manner that when the garment’s points are positioned front and back, a distinctive triangles are formed. This costume, uniquely recognizable in archaeological recorda, appears to be the attire of the ancient fertility goddesses. It may have originated along the Gulf Coast where the quechquémitl was – and still is – the region’s quintessential female garment.

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