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4408 - The transculturization of Mayan women in the Guatemalan Highlands.

In the Guatemalan highlands, some 80 indigenous Mayan villages exist, where the women weave textiles using a very simple loom made of sticks in order to make their own clothes.    In this presentation, drawing on the case of the Mayan village of “Nahualá”, I would like to verify the changes that have taken place in the female garment called the “huipil” during the last 110 years, analyze how Mayan women in Guatemala have accepted a different sense of value urged upon them by the modern state of “Guatemala”; and demonstrate how they have adapted to modernity and globalization in their own way.   

Keywords: backstrap loom, continuity, huipil, mayan women, transculturization

Author: HONYA, YUKO (KEIO UNIVERSITY, Japan)

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