Guatemala Market and Baby in Papoose and Mayan Clothing


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The following travel photographs were taken at the Chichicastenango market in the spring of 2008. They are of a baby in a papoose, tourist being mobbed by Mayan women who are trying to sell them traditional Guatemalan clothing, Lady the Tramp shopping, tourist hotel in Chichicastenango, Mayan beaded arts, and 80 cent turkeys.

White skinned and blond haired tourists being mobbed by a group of indigenous Mayan women who are trying to sell them their traditional Guatemalan clothes, textiles, and other goods that are sold to tourists at the Chichicastenango market.

Guatemalan girls in traditional clothing at the Chichicastenango market.

Lady the Tramp shopping for Mayan clothing at the market in Guatemala.

The Hotel Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. This is where the rich tourists stay in this town.

Mayan beaded arts and crafts in Guatemala.

Traditional Mayan clothing is sold all through the Chichicastenango market in Guatemala. The Guatemalan women still wear these clothes to this day in the way that they have for centuries. An interesting aspect of this clothing is the shirt, which is called a huipil, that the women wear. The Wikipedia says that, "The most prevalent and influential aspect of women’s clothing in ancient Maya is the huipil, which is still prominent in Guatemalan and Mexican culture today. The huipil is a loose rectangular garment with a hole in the middle for the head made from lightweight sheer cotton. The huipil is usually white with colorful cross-stripping and zigzag designs woven into the cloth using the brocade technique still commonly used today. . . Huipils were important displaying one’s religion and tribal affiliation. Different communities tended to have different designs, colors, lengths as well as particular huipils for ceremonial purposes." from the Wikipedia entry for Maya Textiles

Tourist hats that float like spaceships. There is nothing better than seeing a group of Japanese tourist wearing these hats in tandem, as it looks like a space invasion.

The aisles of the Chichicastenango Market in Guatemala.

Mayan woman with a baby in a papoose at the Chichi market with a boy carrying a palm basket.

Turkeys for sale. I was told that I could buy a whole, live turkey for only 80 cents. I did not believe this so I kept asking, but the girl kept saying five quezales cada uno. Turkeys sell cheap at the Chichicastenango market.

A bag of turkeys at the market in Guatemala. They just pack them into these bags and tie them up.

Guatemala Market and Baby in Papoose and Mayan Clothing Photos

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