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« on: June 03, 2005 05:41:27 PM »

HI, all.  I havee t do a project for school, and I have to dress up as a Mayan royal person.  I'm supposed to be this lady right here, in the book (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0439409713/qid=1117845427/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/002-8012432-2442453?v=glance&s=books&n=507846).  I have a few ideas, but I wanted to see if any of you guys had any ideas.  Just, like basic stuff, and lots of jewelry and cool stuff like that.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2005 04:34:44 AM »

anything stripe-y with a lot of colors looks authentic.  here is an example :  http://www.maya-archaeology.org/Museo_Ixchel_Mayan_weaving/Mayan_weaving_textiles.jpg

and of course a lot of jewelry because youre royalty.  don't forget the golden headpiece either...
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2005 11:42:57 AM »

Uh, HELLO, why else be royalty and have to be "married" to te most annoying boy in the school but to wear jewelry.  Haha, yah that was so random.  Thank's for the link.
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2005 01:04:34 AM »

Hi, super geek, I hope this helps and is still on time:

I found a description of mayan garments here http://www.artemaya.com/traje.html

"A woman's dress ensemble includes a multicolored upper garment called a huipil; a solid colored or patterned skirt called a falda or corte; an embroidered or woven belt or faja; adornment for the head or hair called cinta or liston; and a variety of multipurpose cloths called tzute, toalle, servilleta, or cargador."

Here http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/maya/maya5.htm you can reada about the huipil.
More about huipiles http://www.anthro.fsu.edu/wovenvoices/weaving/huipil.html

Now, since the falda (hehehe, skirt) is a much less interesting piece, I think all you need is a large piece of fabric, a rectangle. Make sure it is as long as it shows in the picture of the Lady of Bacal (starting at the height of your natural waistline) and wrap it around you... those ancient women liked easy stuff!

With the huipil tucked in the skirt, now you need the belt thing. A long piece of fabric will do. 3 inches widht by the length that you need to wrap ot around you twice and then tie a knot.

Now... i don't know much about fabrics... something like cotton, maybe?

For jewelry accesories, you might get some ideas here http://www.raulybarra.com/museos/joyeria_prehispanica/galeria1.htm
Not all the items there are mayan... but really, who's gonna notice that?

Oh, the sandals... it'd be really cool to make some sort of spadrilles guided by the picture that you already have, my guess is that you only need some material that could be used for the sole, and use some straps of fabric to tie around your ankles...

The hardest thing, I think, would be the headpiece... cause you need lotsa feathers... long feathers. If you can get feathers, just do something with them, I'd ignore the big bird head... But that's me... And I'm kinda lazy...

Well, as I said before, I hope this is still on time to be of any help, and if you can, post the results!

Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2005 05:12:26 PM »

Yup, I'm going to make it today and tomorrow.  Pics later, I promise.
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