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 faja was woven in Nahuala for use by its women. Such wide and long sashes are a signature item of clothing for these Maya weavers. This particular sash is 116 inches long and 9.5 inches wide at the widest point. The foundation is cotton, and the bright brocaded designs are also 100% cotton. Both ends of the sash are selvage finished. This belt was part of a collection assembled in Guatemala during the late 1970s, and appears to have been used at the time, so there is some light wear and soil.