Maya women in Guatemala weave a wide varitey of fajas (sashes and belts) for wrapping around the waist to hold up the skirt. Similarly, a wide variety of styles of cintas are woven as hair ornaments. Both are woven by hand on narrow looms made in dimensions especially for the specific item. Like huipiles, the designs are also often village-specific; though in towns such as Totonicapan and Jacaltenango, a variety of belts and hair-ties are woven for general use throughout the highlands.
This particular cinta was woven in Almolonga for use by its women. Such narrow and long hair decorations are a standard item of clothing for these Almolonga women. This particular hair-tie is 104 inches long and 1 inch wide, and was woven on a very narrow belt loom. The technique is called weft-faced plain weave. The hair tie is all cotton. It dates from post-1980, and is in very good though used condition. There is thus some slight wear (particularly noticeable in the loose thread fringes at the ends, see photo below).