Typical faja or sash from the 1980s
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 Santa Maria Nebaj, for use by the women of that village. Such wide and long sashes are a signature item of clothing for these Maya weavers. This particular sash is 120 inches long (not counting the fringe) and 2.3 inches wide at the widest point. The foundation is cotton, and the bright brocaded designs are also 100% cotton. This design covers only 36 inches of the length of the belt. The designs are on one side only, the reverse side is long red, black and white warp stripes. The ends of the sash are formed by loose warp threads braided together. This belt was purchased in Guatemala during the late 1990s, and appears to have been used at the time. Condition is Very Good, some light wear and soil is possible.