Large faja or sash from 2010, NEW
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 Panajachel, on Lake Atitlan, for use by both its women and men. Such wide and long sashes are a signature item of clothing for these Maya weavers. This particular sash is 112 inches long (not counting the warp fringe) and 5 inches wide at the widest point. The foundation is cotton, and the bright brocaded designs are also 100% cotton. The designs are the same on both sides of the belt, so it is totally reversible. The brocading occupies about 3/4 of the total length. The ends of the sash are formed by loose warp threads. This belt was purchased in Guatemala in 2012, and was new at the time.